Steamboat's American Legion baseball team wins 3 of 4

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— The Steamboat Springs American Legion baseball team won three of four games during the weekend.

Steamboat beat the Palisade junior varsity team, 12-11, before falling to Palisade’s varsity team, 23-0, on Saturday.

The first game saw four lead changes. Steamboat trailed, 11-9, heading into the top of the seventh inning. After Michael Yost walked, Jess Pugh and Johnny Stensvad each singled. Ryan Jeep then roped a two-run single to tie the game, and Connor Jennings’ RBI single gave Steamboat the win.

In the second game, Steamboat manager Dave Roy said his team clearly was fatigued.

“These guys were out there a long time,” Roy said. “It was just tough.”

Jennings had two hits, including a double, in the blowout loss.

On Sunday, however, Steamboat was recharged. Behind two complete-game efforts from Matt Regan and Jeep, Steamboat beat Eagle Valley, 5-1, in the first game and 13-4 in the second.

Regan pitched the first game, needing only 87 pitches throughout seven innings. Jeep threw just 85 pitches, including 58 for strikes, in the second game.

In the Sunday doubleheader, Stensvad was 6 for 7 with three runs and three RBIs. Jeep went 3 for 6 including a two-run home run.

Jennings and Pugh each had four hits, and Jeff Thompson and Billy Clark had three hits apiece.

“We were virtually flawless in the field,” Roy said. “It was good defensive plays and just a great attitude all around.”

Steamboat’s next confirmed game is a doubleheader at Basalt on July 14. The team opens play in the District Tournament on July 19 in Palisade.

To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229 or email lgraham@SteamboatToday.com

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