Legion team racks up victories | SteamboatToday.com

Legion team racks up victories

— The Steamboat Springs American Legion baseball team scooped up two more victories last weekend, sweeping a doubleheader in Summit County.

The team beat Glenwood Springs, 14-4, then thumped host Summit, as well, 12-4.

Steamboat exploded for 10 runs in the fourth and fifth innings against Glenwood, blowing open what had been a close game. The progress was more steady in the second game, but the result was much the same.

Jesse Pugh pitched through both games, earning two wins on just 100 pitches. It was the team’s bats that stood out, however.

Charlie Fitzhugh bashed three home runs in the two games and had three hits in the first game alone. Two were homers and one was a double, helping bring around seven RBIs.

“He’s always been an excellent hitter,” Steamboat assistant coach Dave Roy said. “We’re just not surprised when he has a hot day like that. He’s got great bat speed and really drives the ball.”

Andrew McCawley also had three hits and scored three runs in the first game.

Billy Clark, meanwhile, hit a homer of his own, scored four runs and drove in four more in the second game.

Pugh, McCawley and David Cropper each had two hits in the second game.

Steamboat also got a boost from four U14 players, set to enter high school in the fall, who moved up to play for the Legion team for the weekend.

“These four guys were really good,” Roy said. “We knew they could play. We’ve been working with them, practicing with them, and they came in and did a nice job contributing to two wins.”

The team returns to action this weekend, when it hopes to defend its championship in a three-day tournament in Rangely.

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253, email jreichenberger@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @JReich9

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