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Legion’s season under way

— The Steamboat Springs American Legion Baseball team opened its season with a bittersweet home stand.

The Steamboat team lost both games of a doubleheader against Dry Creek on Saturday but rebounded with a pair of wins against Ridgeview on Sunday.

“Sunday was a good team effort,” coach Andy Hogrefe said. “We were communicating on the field and playing better than we did against Dry Creek.”

The Steamboat team was shelled in Saturday’s early game, falling behind Dry Creek early before losing the game, 12-2.

The Steamboat team shifted gears in a back-and-forth battle in the second game.

The two teams were deadlocked at eight runs each headed into the bottom of the seventh inning. But Dry Creek was able to get a pair of base runners on, and with runners at first and third, the Dry Creek team forced Steamboat to attempt a game-saving move that eventually backfired, resulting in the game-winning run.

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On Sunday, the Steamboat players put that game behind them and defeated Ridgeview, 12-2.

Steamboat hammered the visiting team early in the first game with solid hitting and the steady performance of winning pitcher Alex Wood.

Steamboat put together a similar showing in the second game en route to a 13-3 win.

Graham Hogrefe, who pitched the end of the first game, was credited with the win in the second contest. After struggling Saturday against Dry Creek, Zach Savage returned to the mound in relief Sunday and helped Steamboat secure the victory.

Steamboat, a new team in the Front Range League, is 2-2 on the season and hoping for more success as the summer continues.

The team is scheduled to play 40 games this summer and could qualify for the postseason.

“The reason for developing this team is to try to get our high school players more experience during the summer,” Andy Hogrefe said.

Of the 18 players on this year’s American Legion roster, 14 also are members of the Steamboat Springs High School team.

High school players Graham Hogrefe, Savage, Brian Aragon, Aaron Hornstein, Marc Hall, Elliot Girard, Jack Serhant, Charles Cogburn, Skylar Mitchell, Michael Lyon, Taylor Anderson, Gunnar Hughes, Colin Boyle and Zac Kosmicki hope to improve their games this summer playing club ball.

Nic DeVos and Nick Grant were injured this spring but will play this summer. Jeff Truslow and Alex Wood also missed last year’s high school season but are playing this summer.

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