Shortstop Carlos Maldonado tries to cover second base during an American Legion baseball game against Steamboat Springs on Tuesday at Craig Middle School. The Bulldogs lost the first game of the doubleheader 7-3.

Photo by Shawn McHugh

Shortstop Carlos Maldonado tries to cover second base during an American Legion baseball game against Steamboat Springs on Tuesday at Craig Middle School. The Bulldogs lost the first game of the doubleheader 7-3.

Craig Bulldogs lose a pair against Steamboat Sailors

After having almost a month off, the American Legion Post 62 baseball team was unable to pick up where it left off and fell twice Tuesday.

The Bulldogs (1-5 overall) were unable to hold on against the Steamboat Springs Sailors (6-2) on Tuesday at Craig Middle School.

The team fell, 7-3, in the first game and lost the second game, 14-1.

Bubba Ivers not only started game one pitching six innings and striking out seven, but hit two home runs and knocked in all three Moffat County runs.

In the first inning, Ivers hit a 1-1 pitch down the middle deep into centerfield for a solo shot.

In the third inning, he sent another ball flying to almost the same spot with Carlos Mal-

donado standing on first base to give Moffat County a 3-2 lead.

Both times, Ivers said he knew he was going for a trot around the bases.

“I could just tell,” he said. “It felt good, and it felt like I got all of it.

“It’s the second time I’ve hit two home runs against Steamboat. The last time was in little league, though.”

When he came up for the third time, he said he wasn’t thinking about a hat trick.

“I was just thinking about going to the opposite field,” he said. “I knew the wind was going to be a problem.”

Steamboat would retaliate in the sixth inning, when a close call at third prolonged the inning, and multiple fielding errors allowed the Sailors to take a 7-3 lead.

Behind the pitching of Tyler Brown, that was the way the scoring stayed.

Steamboat coach Kellen Baker said the Sailors had a game plan, and stuck with it for the win.

“I thought our guys played really well,” he said. “We wanted Bubba to throw a lot of pitches, and our guys were able to get on base and force them to make plays.

“We got a lot of key hits at the right time.”

Brown helped his cause with two RBI, and No. 3 hitter Brandon Clark and cleanup hitter Alan Capistron went a combined 3 for 6, with three runs scored and two RBI.

But, Brown’s pitching was what kept the Sailor in line for the win, Baker said.

“Tyler pitched a heck of game besides the two home runs by Bubba,” he said. “Eventually, he figured him out.

“(Brown) threw 108 pitches and got stronger as the game went on.”

In the second game, Steamboat rode three shutout innings from Capistron to win, 14-1.

The Sailors’ ace struck out eight in three innings of work before the bullpen came into the game.

The Bulldogs will play again at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. July 17 in Eagle Valley.

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