Steamboat baseball team wins 2 games

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— The Steamboat Springs High School baseball team continued to play well Saturday in the Paonia Tournament, wrapping up the weekend, 3-0.

After beating Battle Mountain, 3-1, on Friday, Steamboat got a pair of wins Saturday against Rangely and Paonia.

Steamboat rapped out 13 hits in each game, beating Rangely, 15-5, and Paonia, 16-7.

“It’s definitely nice,” Steamboat manager Kellen Baker said. “We’re pumped and excited about the way we’re playing. But we’re going to use this as a building block. We came back on the stuff we need to work on. We did a lot of things right. I think we’re on the right path.”

Against Rangely, Steamboat led, 4-3, in the third inning before pounding out 10 runs in the fifth. Tommy Lyon and Tyler Brown led the way, each picking up three hits.

Alan Capistron got the start on the mound, going all five innings, giving up four earned and striking out 11 while walking five.

In the second game, a four-inning affair because of a time limit, all nine Steamboat players scored with Lyon, Capistron, Brown, Carson Becker and Brandon Clark each getting two hits. Clark also had a two-run home run.

Lyon got the start on the mound and struggled at times with his command. He went three innings, struck out five and walked six.

“He struggled finding the plate, but he’s got good mound composure and baseball savvy,” Baker said.

The wins improve Steamboat to 3-2 overall, with the Western Slope League schedule ahead.

An encouraging sign was the Sailors struck out just four times all weekend. In years past, Steamboat has struggled with the strikeout, especially this early in the season.

“Four strikeouts all weekend is something we’re going to try to do again,” Baker said. “We’ve really tried to put the ball in play.”

Steamboat next plays a doubleheader at 10:30 a.m. Saturday against Glenwood Springs.

The game is scheduled to be played in Craig, but it could move to Glenwood depending on whether fields are ready.

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