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Sailors’ season sealed

Baseball team downed in doubleheader

Dave Shively

Two innings made all the difference for the Steamboat Springs baseball team.

After giving up 11 runs to Rifle in the fourth inning of their first game in Saturday’s doubleheader in Craig, the Sailors then gave up a devastating 8-run third inning in their second game. Steamboat’s dual losses to Rifle put an end to a disappointing 4-10 season in the Western Slope League.

“In both games, we were in it, but we had let downs in those two innings,” Coach Dave Roy said. “We need to play complete games, we’ve had trouble with that all year.”

Steamboat showed some offensive skill in the first game, as freshman Alex Wood twice doubled and was then hit in by sophomore John Donham, putting the Sailors up, 3-2, in the bottom of the third.

But a fourth inning Rifle grand slam, followed by a home run, put the Sailors in too deep of a hole. Rifle won the game, 13-3, in five innings as the 10-run rule took effect.

The second game ended the same way, with Rifle shutting Steamboat down, 10-1, again forcing the game to end in the fifth inning.

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“We just couldn’t get the offense going. We did hit the ball well. We got five hits, but Rifle played well and turned some nice double plays,” Roy said. “It was that fateful third inning that hurt us. Eli Snead from Rifle nailed a huge home run right into the wind.”

Losing only four seniors, Roy already is looking ahead to next year’s season with a promising core group of sophomore and junior talent playing in this summer’s American Legion 17-and-under league.

“I hate to end on a loss, with just a few miscues, but it’s time to think about summer ball and start learning for next year,” Roy said. “We’ve got a bright future. We’ve got good juniors, eight sophomores, and some good freshman that will be back.”