Steamboat Storm looking to improve after 10 games |

Steamboat Storm looking to improve after 10 games

Steamboat Storm baseball team

— One-third of the way through the season, the Steamboat Storm baseball team is all even.

The squad, a summer collegiate baseball team, is 5-5 after its first 10 games, and coach Matt Ellinghuysen said he’s excited for the progress the team can still make.

“The bats are coming around, definitely,” he said. “We’re still making some mental mistakes here and there, which is just baseball, but we’re definitely doing a better job of cleaning that up.”

The team is coming off a split in a Thursday doubleheader on the road versus the Summit County Extreme Black Diamonds. The Storm lost the first, 9-8, but bounced back to take the second game, 11-4.

Ellinghuysen said Casey Lewandoski pitched well in the first game but was undone by several errors.

In the second, Andy Dodson went five innings and gave up three runs.

“He threw a heck of a game,” Ellinghuysen said.

Zach Cleaver then added two doubles, driving in a trio of runs.
The comparatively strong pitching outings helped dig into the team’s lopsided season earned run average, lowering it from 7.5.

“You’d still like to have it a lot lower,” Ellinghuysen said, “but it’s coming down.”

Next up for the team is a trip Saturday to play at Grand Junction. Steamboat swept that team, the Rocky Mountain Oysters, to open the season.

They’d love to pull off a similar feat.

Steamboat currently sits fifth in the six-team league, but the standings are tight.

“There really hasn’t been one team pulling away, so we’re right where we want to be,” Ellinghuysen said. “The biggest thing is we’re making progress.”

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

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