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Pitching dooms Sailors

Steamboat falters at tournament

Steamboat Sailors girls softball pitcher Christie Fieldings delivers a pitch to a hitter for the Lyons Lions during a tournament in Grandby on Saturday.
Tyler Arroyo

— With an inexperienced team, Steamboat Springs softball coach Donna Ryan wanted to see the Sailors get better Saturday at the Middle Park tournament.

Playing three games, Steamboat didn’t win, but Ryan deemed the tournament a success.

“We got progressively better with each game,” she said. “It gave us a really good idea on what we need to work on.”



After losing 14-1 to Middle Park and 12-2 to Lyons, the Sailors battled Akron and lost, 14-7.

Ryan said that throughout the tournament, the girls hit as well as the other teams and even out-hit Lyons and Akron, but their pitching let them down.



“It was a really good to tournament for us to find out where we need to work,” she said. “I think we pretty much knew it would come down to pitching.”

Pitchers Christie Fielding and Leigh Thielen both struggled with control issues, Ryan said. If not for the walks, Ryan said her team would have been more competitive.

“It’s a mental thing,” Ryan said about her pitchers’ struggles. “I think they need to build their mental stamina.”

Ryan said Fielding throws hard but must think through games and hitters to be successful. For Thielen, it all has to do with her mechanics.

Still, it’s a problem Ryan said can be fixed.

Looking at the whole tournament, Ryan said the defense played extremely well. She commended the infield for solid play and said Fielding hit the ball well and scored the first four runs against Akron.

“All the girls had a good time,” Ryan said. “We’re looking forward to the Eagle Valley tournament next weekend.”

The Sailors will play three games Friday at the tournament.

– To reach Luke Graham, call 871-4229 or e-mail lgraham@steamboatpilot.com


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