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Sailors unleash offense against Huskies

After scoring 18 runs on 13 hits Tuesday night against Battle Mountain High School, it’s apparent the Steamboat Springs High School boys baseball team doesn’t plan to fade away quietly this season.

The team’s playoffs hopes may have disappeared with a loss to Rifle last weekend, but coach Sean Hicks said the team’s work this season is far from being over.

“This is our chance to set an example,” senior Nick Hughes said. “Since I’ve been playing high school baseball, the most games we have won in a season is four. But this year we are going to set a new mark for the players and the teams who follow us to look up to.”

Headed into Tuesday’s game, the final league contest of the season, Hicks wasn’t sure how his team would respond.

“These games are important for the future of our program,” he said. “We still have a chance to win nine games, and that’s awesome. It raises the bar for next year’s team. If they want to be successful next year, we will have to win at least 10 games.”

But Tuesday night’s game against Battle Mountain wasn’t just about next season for the players on the field. It was also about payback.

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Just two weeks ago, the Huskies upset the Sailors in a 6-3 contest that sparked Steamboat’s fall from the playoff race.

“Of course we want to set an example, but Tuesday’s game was more about getting some payback,” Hughes said. “The first time we played Battle Mountain this season we were not together.”

But in the teams’ second meeting this season, the Sailors used their bats to send a strong message to the Huskies and the rest of the league that Steamboat is no longer a team to be overlooked.

After falling behind 3-1 early, Steamboat’s offense arrived in the second inning and netted five runs. Steamboat put the game away in the third inning with 12 additional runs that helped it cruise to a 18-7 win, the Sailors’ seventh win of the season.

Tyler Fosdick was four-for-four in the game with a double and a triple. Kevin Martin was two-for-four with a homer. Jon Reese also had a homerun in the game, and Hughes was two-for-two.

Ben Montoya pitched all five innings of the game to collect his second win of the season on the mound. He gave up six hits and two walks while striking out four batters.

Steamboat’s season will come to an end May 1 when Resurrection Christian comes to town for a non-league doubleheader. The times and location for the games need to be verified.

The games are tentatively scheduled for 10 a.m. and noon. Hicks hopes the games can be played at Vanatta Field.

— To reach John F. Russell call 871-4209

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