Storm baseball team splits with Summit County Thursday |

Storm baseball team splits with Summit County Thursday

Steamboat Storm pitcher Drew Smith
Austin Colbert

— As the second week of play continues in the newly formed Mountain West Summer Collegiate Baseball League, it’s becoming clear games belong to the person with the bat in hand.

“The league is definitely a hitter’s league in a sense that most teams only have five or six guys that pitch only,” Steamboat Storm coach Matt Ellinghuysen said. “We’ve run into, along with the other teams, where we just haven’t had enough arms to finish out the week. Usually, we are pretty strong at the beginning of the week, and then by the end, we are piecing stuff together.”

The most recent example came in Steamboat’s home doubleheader on Thursday, a 9-8 win and a 17-16 loss to the Summit Extreme Black Diamonds at Emerald Park. Runs were frequent for both teams and came only days after the Storm defeated Eagle Valley by scores of 18-3 and 16-6.

“First game we finally stayed ahead the whole time. We didn’t have to come back. Second game here we battled back, battled back, fell short by one run,” Ellinghuysen said after the team had trailed by nine runs in game two on Thursday. “All of our guys, even the pitchers, have done really well with the circumstances. Can’t be more happy with those guys.”

Steamboat (6-2) is next in action with a noon doubleheader Saturday in Grand Junction against the Rocky Mountain Oysters. The Storm defeated the Oysters 10-8 and 4-2 in the June 9 season openers at Grand Junction.

To reach Austin Colbert, call 970-871-4204, email or follow him on Twitter @Austin_Colbert

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