Baseball team places third
Steamboat Springs — A team of Steamboat Springs baseball players went 2-2 through the weekend at a tournament in Glenwood Springs, placing third.
The squad, filled with a combination of athletes from the local American Legion team, and younger players from the local 14U team, split against its opponents.
“We had a good tournament, really good, and the kids came through,” coach Dave Roy said. “It was a nice success, and we had some good performances.”
Steamboat picked up its wins against one of the two Fruita teams in attendance, 10-0, and a Glenwood Springs team, 9-3. It lost to another Fruita squad, 12-6, and a Coal Ridge team, 6-5.
Pitching helped decide the fate, Roy said.
Against Coal Ridge, Steamboat couldn’t quite throw the ball well enough to log the last out, instead walking in the winning run.
“We ended up walking a couple of guys, but at this age, you want them to experience those frustrations of not being on top of their game,” Roy said. “It was fine in the end, and we had a good tournament. We had a good mix of kids, and it was a good tournament.”
The team had highlights, however, including from the mound.
Quintin White pitched well in a 10-0 shutout of Fruita White. Steamboat also got a big lift in that game from David Brown, who hit a grand slam.
Nate Roach threw five innings of one-run baseball to help win the game against Glenwood. He also had several hits, joining Theo Hansen, a stalwart at catcher all weekend, and Brown in powering the offense. Drake Doherty, from the 14U ranks, came on to pitch the final inning and close out the win.
“Theo did a great job behind the plate and contributed a couple of hits,” Roy said.
Next up for the local team is a home date at 9 a.m. June 25 at Emerald Park against Mitchell Palmer from Colorado Springs.
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