Sailors baseball splits doubleheader with Rifle |

Sailors baseball splits doubleheader with Rifle

— Save for a few injuries to key starters, the Steamboat Springs High School baseball team got off to a solid start in league play this weekend at Rifle.

In the opening game of the Saturday doubleheader, senior pitcher Jesse Pugh threw a complete 10-inning game. Tied at 6-6 in the 10th inning, the Sailors scored the go-ahead run on a straight steal home, then tacked on an insurance run from a balk, giving Steamboat the 8-6 win.

Steamboat got a red-hot start in the second game. Billy Clark pitched his way to a 9-0 lead through five innings, but injuries forced some junior varsity players into action and fielding errors led to a tough 10-9 loss.

“It went really well except for that second game,” Steamboat coach Rusty McRight said. “Jesse Pugh really played a great game. He threw the ball well. It’s a product of his hard work this offseason.”

Although the injuries are starting to pile up for McRight, the second-year Sailors coach said he’s getting big contributions from freshmen like David Brown and Canon Reece.

The Sailors will travel to Delta Saturday for another doubleheader. First pitch is at 11 a.m.

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

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