Steamboat baseball wins both ends of doubleheader against Battle Mountain

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An explosion of offense carried the Steamboat Springs High School baseball team to a pair of victories Saturday, the Sailors racking up a combined 34 runs in a sweep against Battle Mountain.

Steamboat won the first game, an error-filled affair, 21-10. The defense was much cleaner in the second game, a 13-3 victory. Now, Steamboat hopes to be able to hang on to those hot bats in what could be the biggest week of the season.

The team plays Tuesday in a doubleheader at Delta, then in Craig for a doubleheader against Palisade on Saturday.

“We need to come out with a couple of wins, and that’s a pretty tall order against these two very good program,” Steamboat coach Dave Roy said. “This will be our most important week of the season.”

Steamboat would do well to pack a bit of the swagger it had Saturday.

Ryan Jeep had a home run and a pair of RBIs in the first game, while Billy Clark had a triple and two more RBIs. Aaron Herzog contributed a bases-loaded double for three RBIs, then added another later.

Jesse Pugh, meanwhile, picked up the win on the mound.

That all was enough to make up for seven errors.

“It wasn’t pretty. It was kind of ‘Who can make the fewest mistakes,’” Roy said. “We made fewer than they did and ended up with the W.”

The team was without an error in the second game. Pitcher Koby Bishop escaped one inning of trouble and gave up just four hits while striking out five.

Cutter Pasternack had two RBIs, as did Pugh. Clark scored three runs.

“I was proud of the way they came back and played errorless ball,” Roy said. “They got it together and made some great plays.”

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253 or email jreichenberger@SteamboatToday.com

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