Steamboat's American Legion baseball team splits with Palisade

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— The Steamboat Springs American Legion baseball team ventured out onto the road last weekend and split a doubleheader with Palisade.

“It was amazing,” coach Dave Roy said about the team’s effort in the first game.

Steamboat fell behind early after giving up four runs in the first inning. But a two-out rally in the fourth inning gave the Post 44 team all the momentum it would need to race to a 13-7 victory Sunday.

Thomas Kelly got things rolling for Steamboat with a one-out double in the fourth. Palisade picked up the second out of the inning before the floodgates opened. Charlie Fitzhugh hammered another double to bring Kelly home. That hit was followed by consecutive singles from David Cropper, Jesse Pugh, Johnny Stensvad, Billy Clark, Ryan Jeep and another single — his second hit of the inning — from Kelly.

“It’s a team record for consecutive hits,” Roy said Monday.

By the time Steamboat was done battling it had scored six runs and taken the lead. The offense continued to roll in the fifth inning, adding seven more runs on a single by Cropper and doubles from Pugh and Kelly, who finished the game with five hits and four doubles. David Brown also had a hit and a RBI. Jeep was solid on the mound, getting the complete-game win, and Steamboat’s defense looked sharp after finishing the game without committing an error.

The second game turned out to be a back-and-forth affair, but too many errors on the field led to a 16-13 loss, the first of the season, for Steamboat.

Pugh put in a solid effort on the mound, but five errors and too many base running mistakes dampened any chance of a late-game comeback.

Palisade scored four runs in the first, second and third innings Steamboat attempted to keep pace with five runs in the first and four in the third and fourth innings. But when Palisade added four runs down the stretch, Steamboat couldn’t match the effort.

Jeep had three hits in the second game, and Stensvad, Clark and Kelly each had two.

To reach John F. Russell call, 970-871-4209 or email jrussell@SteamboatToday.com

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