Steamboat Sailors baseball team opens season with tournament in Glenwood Springs

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What the Steamboat Springs High School boys baseball team lacks in numbers, manager Dave Roy hopes it makes up for in sustainability.

The team features just 15 players this season. But of those 15, most played together throughout the summer, giving the team a sense of continuity.

“So, we’re young, but we’re experienced,” Roy said. “Particularly our top nine or 10 guys.”

Roy, who retired before last season, returns to the program after a year away. He helped coach the team this summer and said he’s excited to get back into the program.

The team will be led by its hitting. The lineup will be paced by senior Michael Yost and juniors Ryan Jeep, Cutter Pasternak and Matt Regan. Jesse Pugh, Koby Bishop and Billy Clark also provide depth for a potentially deep lineup.

Per usual, the pitching will determine much of the team’s success. Jeep and Regan slot in as the top two in the rotation, but the Sailors will need to find reliable No. 3 and 4 pitchers, as well. Bishop and Pugh currently are in line for those slots.

“The core of our program this year played Legion ball this summer,” Roy said. “We’re looking forward to some great production from these guys.”

The team begins its season Friday and Saturday at a tournament in Glenwood Springs. Steamboat plays at 10:30 a.m. Friday against Glenwood, then at 1:30 p.m. against Middle Park. The team also plays at 1:30 p.m. Saturday against Hotchkiss.

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

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