Storm to battle for 2nd place Thursday |

Storm to battle for 2nd place Thursday

Steamboat Storm baseball team

Mountain West Summer Collegiate Baseball League standings

1 Glenwood/Carbondale Geckos 10-1

2 Vail Vipers 7-5

3 Steamboat Storm 7-5

4 Grand Junction Rocky Mountain Oysters 6-7

5 Summit Extreme Black Diamonds 5-9

6 Eagle Valley Eagles 2-10

— Things continue to split for the Steamboat Storm collegiate summer baseball team.

The squad went 1-1 in each of its last two doubleheaders and sits at 7-7 on the season.

Manager Matt Ellinghuysen remains bullish about his squad, however, and said the pieces are coming together.

The Storm lost 7-4 and won 5-4 in a pair of games Saturday on the road against the Grand Junction Rocky Mountain Oysters. The team then lost 9-4 and won 7-3 Tuesday against the Glenwood Geckos.

“We’re keeping pace right now,” Ellinghuysen said.

The team currently sits in third place, a game behind Vail, a team the Storm will see starting at noon Thursday for a home doubleheader at Emerald Park in Steamboat Springs.

Vail has a 7-5 record while the Geckos are atop the league at 9-1.

Ellinghuysen said that makes his team’s 7-3 win Tuesday, which dealt Glenwood its first loss, more important.

Pitching has been instrumental, he said.

Cole Petersen went 5 2/3 innings in the second game. He didn’t improve on his 2-0 record, but he didn’t worsen it, either, getting a no-decision while he gave up three runs. Still, that set the stage for the team’s bats, red hot this year and hitting .342.

“Out here, where the ball flies pretty well, if you can hold them to five runs a game, you’ve always got a chance to win the game, and that’s been a huge piece of our success,” Ellinghuysen said.

The team has the chance to secure second place outright midway through the season Thursday at home against Vail. Saturday it travels to play at league bottom-dweller Eagle Valley, 2-10 this summer.

“I’ve been very impressed the last couple of games,” he said. “We’ve had wins and losses, but we’ve been in all the games, no matter what, so I can’t be disappointed in that.”

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

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