Devils take two from Sailors
Softball team drops doubleheader
Steamboat Springs — Coach Donna Ryan and her Steamboat Springs softball team were still searching for a way to take back “that one inning” that makes all difference in their Tuesday doubleheader against Eagle Valley.
In the Sailors’ first game, that inning happened to be the first. The Devils came out swinging and put the Sailors in an 11-run hole they couldn’t recover from in what ended in a 13-1 loss.
Although Ryan said the Sailors had seen pitching as fast as Eagle Valley’s Elena Hernandez’s, Ryan said her batters came out mentally unprepared and struggled with Hernandez’s inconsistencies and change-up pitch.
For the remaining innings, the Sailors only let up an additional pair of runs behind the pitching of Leigh Thielen and got on the board after Christie Fielding got on base, stole second and then stole home on an errant throw to third base.
With Thielen pitching again in Game 2, the Sailors caught a little defensive momentum behind back-to-back outs from third baseman Priska Sorensen.
Holding Eagle Valley to zero runs into the top of third, the Sailors’ bats finally came alive. After Thielen got a hit to load the bases, shortstop Darcy Hornstein hit a double that scored three runners.
Unfortunately, Eagle Valley had “that one inning” again, in the bottom of the third, scoring six runs behind a triple from Devils pitcher Naomi Hoffman, and continued to rally with nine more runs in the fourth.
The Sailors mounted a brief comeback streak late, with hits from Tina Weeden, Fielding and Thielen that loaded the bases, but left them stranded, ending the second game, 15-3, after five innings.
“We were all really excited for the second game. We were ready to win, and then we died,” said Sorensen, trying to figure out why her team’s confidence couldn’t rebound from early mistakes. “We’re going to have to learn to push through it.”
Despite the losses, Steamboat did not seem down heading into its next game, an 11 a.m. Saturday doubleheader at Rifle.
“We do have a lot of fun, and we’re all really good friends,” Sorensen said.
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