Steamboat Storm looking to improve after 10 games
Steamboat Springs — 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.”
Support Local Journalism
Support Local Journalism
Readers around Steamboat and Routt County make the Steamboat Pilot & Today’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.
Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.
Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.
Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.
User Legend: Moderator Trusted User
With the threat of yet another drought-ridden summer looming over the Yampa Valley, the consequences of climate change are again knocking at our door. It’s the same story seemingly year after year, and people are…