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Sailors baseball splits with Bulldogs

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For Steamboat, the best way to look at Thursday’s doubleheader split with Palisade is to look forward rather than glance back.

“We hope that we’ve got enough to get into the playoffs,” Sailors head coach Dave Roy said .

Roy said he saw enough positives come out of Steamboat’s 6-5 first game win against Palisade to ready his team for Saturday’s regular season twin bill at winless Battle Mountain.

The good early showing by Steamboat (5-7 league, 6-11 overall) crumbled when Palisade used a pair of big innings in Game 2 for a 16-3 rout.

Yet, as topsy-turvy as the evening was, Roy remains positive about Steamboat’s hopes of making the postseason bright.

“I think we’re still there,” the coach said. “But we have to win our next two games on Saturday. That will finish us with a 7-7 (league) record and an excellent opportunity to get in the playoffs.”

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What’s scary about the scenario Roy laid out is that neither he nor the rest of the league’s teams know where they stand with one another.

“No one does,” he explained. “We’ll have to figure that all out when we have our coaches meeting on April 27 or 28. It would have been nice for us to win that second game. Now, we’ll have to leave it up to the baseball gods.”

Hopefully, they will be kinder baseball gods than Thursday’s.

The Sailors got a taste of good fortune in the opener when they sent nine hitters to the plate in a five-run fifth to take a 5-3 lead.

Pinch-hitter Ryan Tibbetts doubled to open the frame. He came around to score the Sailors’ first run on Tommy Lyon’s RBI single. Michael Savory, Lyon, Alan Capristron and Lars Johnson also scored, aided by a Palisade infield error and a bases loaded walk to Alex Wood.

Unfortunately, the good feelings from the rally didn’t last very long.

Palisade knotted the game at 5-5 in the bottom of the inning, chasing Wood in the process. Capristron was called in from second base to quell the Bulldogs on an inning-ending groundout after walking the bases loaded on the first Palisade hitter he faced.

Steamboat took the lead for good the next inning when Tibbetts scored from third after getting his second straight leadoff base hit.

The Sailors started Game 2 off well, tying Palisade at 1-all in the first on a Wood RBI single that scored Lars Johnson from second.

After three scoreless innings by both teams, Steamboat’s dam broke in the fifth.

Palisade used six hits, which included two-run, RBI doubles from Jake Appling and Mike Seraini to open an 8-1 lead. The Bulldogs put the game away in the seventh when they added seven more runs for the final score.