Bats hot in Sailors baseball’s season-finale doubleheader split |

Bats hot in Sailors baseball’s season-finale doubleheader split

Ben Ingersoll

— The Steamboat Springs High School baseball team’s bats came alive like the Sailors hadn’t seen this season in Game 1 of their season-finale doubleheader against Battle Mountain.

All nine Sailors batters who came to the plate recorded hits in what would be a doubleheader split. Six different Steamboat players recorded RBIs in the onslaught, spelling a 14-3 Sailors win over the Huskies Saturday at Emerald Park. The 14 runs were a season-high for the Sailors this spring.

“That first game, pretty much everyone produced. That was great,” Steamboat coach Rusty McRight said.

The Huskies got off to a hot start, using a two-RBI double from Will Thrasher to take a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning.

The Sailors stole the lead back a half inning later when seniors Charley Fitzhugh and Alejandro Sandoval knocked in the go-ahead runs to make it 3-2.

From there, the Steamboat rout was on.

The Sailors roughed up Battle Mountain starting pitcher Hunter Meier over the next two innings, opening up a 10-3 lead that was was closed out in non-traditional walk-off fashion. As the Huskies’ Andrew Herrera took over to close out the game at pitcher, Sailors freshman power hitter David Brown smacked a two-run homer in the fifth, giving Steamboat the 14-3 lead and a 10-run-rule shortened contest.

As a team, Steamboat recorded 15 hits to Battle Mountains’ nine off Sailors ace Jesse Pugh. Pugh, a senior, went the distance and also delivered at the plate with three RBIs, including an in-the-park home run. Sailors senior Fitzhugh knocked in a game-high four runs, and Brown had three.

“We came to batting practice two hours before the game even started, and everyone was hitting good,” Fitzhugh said. “It all just came together finally.”

Thrasher batted in all three of the Huskies’ run in the lopsided loss, while Thomas Singleton went 3-for-3 at the plate with a trio of singles.

Fitzhugh nearly steals win for Sailors in Game 2

Steamboat Springs High School baseball’s David Brown and Charley Fitzhugh did everything they could to net the Sailors a win in Game 2 of their doubleheader against Battle Mountain on Saturday, but Huskies starting pitcher Sean Weller kept his team on life support until it was finally over.

Together, Brown and Fitzhugh combined to bomb in five home runs in the back half of the doubleheader, and despite Weller’s sometimes rough outing on the mound, he kept dealing, and the Huskies hung on for the 13-12 win to close out both teams’ seasons.

The Sailors started strong early, holding onto a 4-1 lead through three innings.

With Weller doing his best to stop the bleeding, Battle Mountain sophomore Franklin Reilly did his part in the fourth inning to catapult his team into a scoring frenzy.

With the Sailors switching pitchers from starter Billy Clark to Fitzhugh in the fourth, Reilly sent a bases-loaded pitch over the 370-foot centerfield fence, giving the Huskies a 5-4 lead, their first since the doubleheader’s opening inning.

“I actually thought it was a pop up,” Reilly admitted. “I even slowed down along the first-base line to tell our guy at third to tag up. It was really exciting to help the team. It’s always been in the back of my mind that I wanted to do this.”

Battle Mountain briefly gave up the lead in the fifth inning after Fitzhugh launched his second home run and Brown blasted his first for a 6-5 Steamboat margin.

The following at-bat inning for the Huskies proved pivotal. When Steamboat brought in a tired Jesse Pugh as a reliever — Pugh pitched the entire first game for the Sailors — Battle Mountain carved him up to the tune of six runs, giving the Huskies an 11-6 lead.

It was a lead that would become very narrow toward the end, but one Battle Mountain wouldn’t relinquish.

“This year, we’ve really been working on trusting each other and pushing through,” Reilly said. “That’s been big. We’ve really improved that this spring.”

The Sailors’ Fitzhugh had one last at-bat to win the game in walk-off fashion, but Huskies senior Will Thrasher took the mound in the final frame and delivered the save, 13-12.

Weller finished the game giving up 16 hits to go with 12 strikeouts and 12 earned runs. Reilly had six RBIs, and teammate Thomas Singleton knocked in three runs.

Steamboat pitchers Clark, Fitzhugh and Pugh combined to give up 14 hits and walk nine batters.

“We walked too many people and committed a couple errors,” said Fitzhugh, who had six RBIs in the loss. “I think, other than that, we played pretty solid.”

Both teams finished their seasons with 6-13 records.

To reach Ben Ingersoll, call 970-871-4204, email or follow him on Twitter @BenMIngersoll

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