Sailors stay afloat in wet win
Rain-shortened game not pretty for either baseball team
Craig — Errors, walks and missed opportunities.
They’re the ingredients that give baseball coaches headaches.
Thursday night’s meeting of Moffat County and Steamboat Springs American Legion baseball teams called for an extra order of headache medicine for the coaches involved.
“The team is young, but I expect them to make some of the plays we didn’t make tonight,” Moffat County coach Shane Camilletti said. “It was rough at times tonight.”
Steamboat coach Dave Roy had similar thoughts.
“It’s tough anytime to see bad plays,” he said. “But it is a bit easier when you know they have a couple of years to work on it.”
Adding to the headache is figuring out who won.
The Bulldogs had 10-8 lead in the bottom of the sixth when rain ended the game, but umpire Mark Field said the game reverted back to the fifth inning score because the sixth inning wasn’t completed.
That meant Steamboat won, 8-7.
“I really don’t understand that rule,” Camilletti said. “Steamboat batted in their half of the six inning and then we (the home team) were up, and we had gained the lead when the game was called. I just don’t get how that means we lost.”
If the sixth inning didn’t count, then a big comeback by the Bulldogs goes into the “unofficial” category.
Jordan Williams, a senior next year, hit a monster shot over the left field wall in the sixth inning to tie the game at eight. Two more Bulldogs scored on Steamboat errors before a downpour ended the game prematurely.
“Our older guys came through in the clutch,” Camilletti said. “But really this summer, our big rallies have started with the young guys.”
Combined, the two teams had six upperclassmen with varsity experience play in Thursday night’s game.
“I thought both teams had young guys come through at times tonight,” Roy said. “I hate to expose our young guys, but that’s what happens when you have to use them to fill a team.”
Ugly at times
Neither team scored in the first inning, and both teams played mistake free.
In the second inning, the teams showed their inexperience.
Steamboat scored four times in the inning with six hits, but they had some help from the Bulldog defense. Three passed balls, including one by catcher Eric Leonard that was the would-be strike three on the third out, helped the Sailors in their effort. The dropped third strike allowed for two more runs to score.
Leonard was filling in for Williams at catcher because the varsity starter was having back problems.
The Bulldogs got four runs right back with the assistance of five walks issued by Steamboat’s Alex Estes. Josh Satterwhite, a senior-to-be, had a two-run single in the inning to take advantage of the walks.
Moffat County seemed to settle down in the field until the fifth inning. The Bulldogs carried a 7-5 lead into the fifth, but three infield errors provided the Sailors with three runs. The Sailors took an 8-7 lead, which if the rule stands about rainouts and reverting to the last completed inning, gave them the win.
The number five (Phillip Riley), six (Zach Beckwith) and seven (Estes) hitters combined to score seven of the Sailors’ runs.
Previously Moffat County was 3-0 this summer against the Sailors, with the closest game a 13-8 win.
In the end, neither team had more hits – Steamboat seven and Moffat eight- than runs, which is usually a sign of errors and walks.
“We just played ugly at times tonight,” Camilletti said. “But we were missing a couple of guys and we had to move some kids out of position. I guess that’s what summer ball is about, getting kids playing time.”
The Bulldogs are now 10-10 for the summer, and they’ll finish up the season with a doubleheader against Palisade at 10 a.m. and noon Sunday at Craig Middle School field.
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