Sailors slip in key baseball game

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— Errors did in the Steamboat Springs High School baseball team Thursday in the short term against Rifle, 9-2, and in the long term in the quest for the playoffs.

The Sailors were sloppy playing in Craig, and it cost them their last bits of hope for the postseason.

“We made some poor decisions mentally, so we ended up on the short end of the stick,” coach Dave Roy said. “Our playoff hopes have been dashed.”

Roy said that the team got a good game from pitcher Ryan Jeep but that he got little support from around the infield. Steamboat piled up seven errors that led to four unearned runs.

Michael Yost scored after he managed a third-inning walk, driven in on a Jesse Pugh sacrifice fly. Matt Regan then scored one inning later after reaching base on a single and coming around when Koby Bishop put the ball in play.

“We can play the game,” Roy said. “There’s no question about that. It’s a question of whether we’re there mentally, and we weren’t there yesterday.”

Steamboat has two dates left on the schedule. It plays a doubleheader Saturday in Craig against Summit County will go again Tuesday against Glenwood Springs. Roy said the team is hoping that game will be an actual home date at Emerald Park in Steamboat, a rare treat for the program. The team’s two seniors — Thomas Kelly, who hopes to return from injury for the doubleheader, and Yost — will celebrate Senior Day.

“We invite everyone to come out and watch the Sailors on the base paths,” Roy said.

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

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