Bad inning sinks Sailors
Baseball team drops first game of Paonia tournament
Steamboat Springs — The Steamboat Springs High School baseball team outplayed Cedaredge for six innings Friday.
Unfortunately, it was one bad inning that left the Sailors on the wrong end of a 9-6 loss on the first day of the Paonia baseball tournament.
Leading 3-0 going into the third inning, Steamboat’s struggles began. The Sailors gave up seven runs – only three of them earned.
“It was a little ugly in that third inning,” Sailors manager Dave Roy said. “It’s kind of where we’ve been. We lose focus in one inning and make some errors.”
Despite having scoring chances in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings, Roy said the Sailors couldn’t close the gap.
“I guess it’s an early season thing, but I thought we were further along,” said Roy, whose Sailors outhit the Bruins, 7-5. “We just have to forget about the mistakes and go after it (today).”
For the second straight game, the Sailors jumped out to a quick lead on a leadoff home run from Aaron Hornstein.
In the second inning, Skylar Mitchell put the Sailors ahead, 3-0, with a two-run home run.
But after that, the Sailors struggled at the plate with runners in scoring position.
“We had untimely hitting at times, so to speak,” he said. “That’s where we need to find a way to get through.”
Roy credited pitchers Taylor Anderson – who pitched the first four innings – and freshman Philip Riley for keeping the Sailors in the game.
Despite the loss, the Sailors have little time to sulk. They play a doubleheader today, with the first game against Paonia and the second against Roaring Fork.
Roy said Paonia’s a very solid ball club, but he doesn’t know much about Roaring Fork.
Either way, Roy said the Sailors are on the verge of winning a couple of games.
“We’re going to do it,” he said. “These kids are good ballplayers and good athletes. They’re working hard and we’ll get through it. We’re looking forward to getting better and logging some wins.”
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