Sailors rally, sweep Demons in twin bill
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – After watching teammate Alan Capistron go down with a hamstring injury, Tommy Lyon and his Steamboat Springs baseball teammates weren’t about to go quietly.
“Our momentum went down, but we decided that’s not how we’re going to remember Alan,” the junior center fielder said. “We just started hitting. It all just came together.”
Down 7-0 after three innings, Lyon and the Sailors scratched six runs in the fourth, one in the fifth and five more in the sixth to eke out a 12-7 win and finish off a doubleheader sweep at Glenwood Springs on Saturday.
Earlier in the day, Capistron pitched Steamboat to a 5-3 win with a complete-game, eight-strikeout effort. He surrendered just two hits in what will likely be his final action for some time.
Capistron hurt his hamstring while stretching for a ball at first base in the nightcap.
“I think he’s going to be out for a little bit,” first-year Sailors coach Kellen Baker said. “I think he heard something pop when he landed. He’s as tough as it gets. He wants to be out there worse than anyone else on the team.”
Capistron’s injury aside, it was a fruitful day for Steamboat.
Six hits fueled the fourth-inning rally in the second game. And the Sailors didn’t slow down from there, stringing together four more hits in the five-run sixth inning.
Back-to-back doubles by Matt Regan and Cutter Pasternak – both with two outs – highlighted the breakout frame, which began with the game tied at 7.
Regan’s booming blast to center field drove in two runs. Pasternak’s opposite-field liner yielded an RBI. Lyon, who belted a game-tying home run in the opener, followed with an run-scoring single to cap the rally.
“We got that lead and the switch flipped,” Glenwood coach Eric Nieslanik said. “We got a little loose. Before we knew it, they were on us. They put pressure on us every single inning.”
The Demons scored all seven of their runs in the third, doing that damage on five hits.
Steamboat’s sixth-inning outburst came at the perfect time. After starting pitcher Tyler Brown held the Demons scoreless in the bottom of the sixth, the game was called an inning early due to darkness.
With some late-Friday snow leaving the Glenwood Springs Middle School diamond in soggy shape, Saturday’s games didn’t get started until about 3 p.m.
Glenwood starter Luke Jacob went toe to toe with Capistron in the opener. The right-hander yielded six hits and struck out six in a complete-game effort.
The Demons, the visitors in the score book in the game, took a 3-2 lead in the top half of the fifth inning on a two-run double by Cody Derby.
In the first at-bat in the bottom half of the inning, Lyon erased Glenwood’s lead by sending a shot over the left-field fence. The Sailors went on to plate two more runs on a wild pitch, taking the lead for good.
Lyon teed off on a fastball to kick off the three-run rally.
“The last at-bat, I got a double [against Jacob],” Lyon said. “I felt like I was seeing his fastball really well. The next pitch was belt high and down the middle. I just swung at it and it went over the fence.”
Lyon finished up with four hits in six at-bats on the day. Capistron went 2 for 3 in the opener, as did Tyler Brown.
Mike Yost, Regan, Lyon and Pasternak collected two hits apiece in the nightcap.
Mario Gonzalez led Glenwood by going for 4 for 7 at the plate for the doubleheader. Collin Thornton and Robert Reynolds rapped out two hits apiece in the nightcap.
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