Steamboat’s third baseman Thomas Kelly looks to make a double play during Saturday’s double header in Glenwood Springs.

Kelley Cox / Glenwood Springs Post Independent

Steamboat’s third baseman Thomas Kelly looks to make a double play during Saturday’s double header in Glenwood Springs.

Steamboat baseball splits doubleheader with Glenwood Springs

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— Steamboat Springs busted out of its offensive funk in a big way Saturday afternoon.

After dropping the day’s doubleheader opener at Glenwood Springs, 3-1, the Sailors took out their frustration on the Demons in the nightcap.

Gaven Van Pelt belted a pair of home runs as Steamboat salvaged a split with a 17-3 win.

The Sailors scored 10 runs in the first inning, five in the second and two more in the third. Thanks to the mercy rule, the game ended after 4 1/2 innings.

Van Pelt’s two homers accounted for 3 RBIs. Also pitching in at the plate for the Sailors were Tommy Lyon (2 for 3, RBI), Matt Regan (1 for 2, RBI), Justin Ditter (1 for 3, two RBIs), Thomas Kelly (2 for 3, three RBIs), Cutter Pasternak (1 for 3, RBI), Grant Mader (1 for 4, two RBIs), Eric Spahr (1 for 4, RBI) and Michael Yost (1 for 2).

According to Van Pelt, that big first inning, which featured seven hits, four walks and an error, is what fueled the Sailors.

“We got the ball rolling early,” he said. “We just got momentum in that first inning and kept it going.”

A newfound patience at the plate also helped.

“We made some adjustments,” said Steamboat coach Rob Fitzhugh, whose team improved to 3-4. “We talked to the guys. We asked them to go up to the plate with a game plan, to know what kind of pitches they were looking for and not just swinging at anything. It seemed to work. It got them focused in.”

Lyon pitched the distance to pick up the win on the mound for Steamboat.

Miguel Vega, Robert Reynolds and Tim Burr collected hits for the Demons, who now are 1-4 on the season.

Pitching paces Glenwood

A clean effort led by Reynolds, the starting pitcher, netted the Demons their first win of 2012 in the morning game.

Reynolds worked the full seven innings, striking out 11. He didn’t allow an earned run and surrendered just two hits.

“Everything was in rhythm,” the senior hurler said. “I was hitting my spots, and they weren’t hitting it very well. I mean, they’ve got some good hitters. I don’t want to take that away from them. I just hit my spots, and I had a couple of my secondary pitches working. The defense was doing good today, too.”

A Regan RBI single in the first inning put Steamboat ahead early, but Glenwood rallied for two in the bottom of the third.

Burr doubled to start the rally. He then stole third and scored on an error. Pete Ray followed with a single. He then stole second and third before Vega drove him in with a single.

The Demons tacked on the game’s final run in the fourth, with Jon Forristall delivering an RBI base hit.

Neither team’s pitcher yielded much the rest of the game.

Rivaling Reynolds’ effort was the Sailors’ Tyler Brown, who struck out 10 in six innings of work.

“Our bats were a little cold,” Fitzhugh said. “When we did have the opportunity to put the ball in play, we tended to pop it up.”

Burr went 2 for 2 to pace Glenwood.

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