Five-inning games enough for Bears
CRAIG – Two innings made all the difference for the Steamboat Springs baseball team. After giving up 11 runs to Rifle in the fourth inning of their first game in Saturday’s doubleheader in Craig, the Sailors then gave up a devastating eight-run third inning in their second game. “In both games we were in it, but we had letdowns in those two innings. We need to play complete games; we’ve had trouble with that all year,” Steamboat coach Dave Roy said.The first game showed some offensive promise for Steamboat as the Sailors went up 3-2 in the bottom of the third. But a fourth-inning Charlie Anderson grand slam, followed by an Andrew Schmidt home run, put the Sailors in too deep of a hole.Eli Snead also hit a homer and a double, and Rifle ended the game 13-3 by the 10-run rule after five innings.The second game ended the same way, with Rifle shutting Steamboat down 10-1, again forcing the game to end in the fifth inning. Snead smacked a three-run shot, and Anderson added four RBIs in game two.”We just couldn’t get the offense going. We did hit the ball well, we got five hits, but Rifle played well and turned some nice double plays,” Roy said. “It was that fateful third inning that hurt us. Eli Snead from Rifle nailed a huge home run right into the wind.”With the wins, Rifle moves to 7-6 in the Western Slope League and 8-10 overall.
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