Sailors hope home season ends with win
Steamboat Springs — The members of the Steamboat Springs boys baseball team would like nothing better than to wrap up this season’s home schedule with a win against Moffat County even if the game has to be played in Craig.
The Sailors, 0-8, will host the Moffat County Bulldogs, 5-3, at Woodbury Park today.
The game, which is the Sailors final home contest of the season, is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.
Steamboat will play its final five games of the regular season on the road in Rifle (doubleheader), Vail, Grand Junction and Denver.
“It’s nice to get to play this close to home,” head coach Sean Hicks said.
The Sailors are no doubt disappointed that the fields in Steamboat are still too wet to play here, but Hicks said the team is happy for the opportunity to play just down the road in Craig.
Steamboat will need any edge they can get in the contest against the Bulldogs.
Moffat County is currently in third place, having played one less game than the league-leading (6-3) Delta Panthers.
Glenwood Springs, a team with the same winning percentage as Delta, also has a claim to first place in the league, but has played two fewer games.
The Sailors, on the other hand, are well out of the league title race.
After dropping 12-straight games, including two games to Palisade last weekend, the Sailors are just looking to salvage the season with a victory.
“Right now, I’m just looking for any positive I can find out on the field,” Hicks said.
Despite falling to Palisade in a 14-3 game last Saturday, Hicks said he liked some of the things he saw on the field late in the game.
“We came out a little flat,” Hicks said. “But our players never gave up and we did some good things late in the game.”
One of the things he liked was Preston Stanfill’s home run.
It was the catcher’s second of the season and bumped the Sailors home run total to three on the year. He also had a double in the game.
Hicks is also getting some nice pitching support from some unlikely places.
Infielder Cory Moore and centerfielder Joe Liefer have both stepped into pitching roles recently and had some success throwing from the mound.
But Hicks said the team is still struggling at the plate and is also prone to mental lapses in the field.
“It’s the same old story,” Hicks said. “We have one inning that just kills us.”
In the second half of Saturday’s doubleheader that aforementioned inning came in the first.
The Sailors scored two runs in the top of the frame, but then surrendered 16 to the Bulldogs in the bottom half of the inning.
The Bulldogs went on to win the game 25-5.
“Anytime you dig a hole like that it’s hard to get back out,” Hicks said.
The positive from that game was that the players never gave up and kept swinging the bats until the end.
Hicks expects to have most of his top players for tonight’s game against Moffat County.
He said that spring break at the high school would impact the Sailors team depth for the game. However, he said that he would have 11 players including most of the team’s starters available.
“Most of our top guys will be here,” Hicks said. “It (spring break) really shouldn’t be a factor in the game.”
The most notable exception in the dugout will be Hicks himself.
The coach will be serving a one-game suspension after being tossed in the final inning of the Sailors second loss to Palisade last Saturday.
“There were some things going on that just shouldn’t happen when the score is 25-5,” Hicks said.
“I felt like I needed to make a stand for my players and the umpire didn’t like it.”
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