Steamboat Springs Legion baseball team opens season with pair of victories against Rangely

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— Steamboat Springs’ American Legion baseball team got off to a solid start Sunday by picking up a pair of wins against Rangely in the team’s first doubleheader of the season.

Steamboat scored 15 runs in the opening game while giving up a single unearned run to the visiting team. Matt Regan didn’t give up a hit in five innings of work on the mound as he struck out seven and walked six batters.

“We were trying some new things on the mound, so the walks were to be expected,” Steamboat coach Dave Roy said.

But in the end, the walks didn’t hurt the Steamboat team thanks to some timely offense.

The local team netted 15 runs on seven hits, including two from Regan that drove in two runs, and a well-timed double from Thomas Kelly that brought in three more runs.

Steamboat kept things rolling in the second game as four pitchers combined to keep Rangely from scoring in a 23-0 victory.

Steamboat had 18 hits in the game including a grand slam from Kelly who had six RBIs in the game. Cutter Pasternak, Regan and Andrew McCawley each had three hits in the game, and David Brown, Channing Conner and Jesse Pugh each added two hits of their own.

Pugh, Pasternak, McCawley and Billy Clark combined forces to turn in a strong pitching performance for the Steamboat team. The group gave up just one hit and three walks in the game while striking out eight Rangely batters.

“Our defense was outstanding with just one error in two games,” Roy said. “All in all, in was good performance with good balance all the way through.”

Roy said the game was special with the American Legion Post 44 color guard presenting the flags at the start of the doubleheader and a beautiful performance of the national anthem by Mary Willingham.

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

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