Storm takes first game in playoffs |

Storm takes first game in playoffs

Steamboat Storm baseball team

Dalton Smith came through with a complete game pitching Tuesday to help lift the Steamboat Storm collegiate summer baseball team to a 5-3 playoff victory Tuesday in Gypsum.

The Wayne State University sophomore shut down the Eagle Valley Eagles in Gypsum to help his team to the win.

He struck out seven batters in seven innings, and the team took a 5-1 lead into the seventh inning. Eagle Valley tacked on two runs there, but the Storm finished it off.

“It was huge for us,” coach Matt Ellinghuysen said. “Now, we still have our whole pitching staff for the rest of the week.”

Mississippi College junior Casey Echols belted a two-run home run to help Steamboat grab the lead. Grambling State junior Allen Mays, meanwhile, went 3-for-3 from the plate, had a stolen base and a home run of his own.

Steamboat will now play Wednesday against the winner of a game between the Summit Black Diamonds and the Glenwood Geckos. If the Storm win again, they punch their ticket to Saturday’s championship game.

“Overall, we just played really well,” Ellinghuysen said.

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

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