Steamboat Springs Steamboat Springs catcher Derek Haverley walked off of the Craig Middle School baseball field on Tuesday evening with his head hung low.
The Sailors had just dropped their seventh game of the season to the Moffat County Bulldogs, 11-3.
But it wasn't the loss that really bugged Haverley -- it was more the way it had happened.
"We played strong defense, but we just couldn't get the bat on the ball when we needed to," Haverley said. "You have to capitalize on your bats; (if not) it's tough to win."
Steamboat took a 2-0 lead in the first inning after Ryan Kiely's long fly ball was dropped in the outfield. Two runners came home on the play.
Moffat County answered in the bottom of the inning, however, when Rob Satterwhite drilled a two-run homer over the left field fence.
Steamboat's Blake Julian scored in the second inning on an RBI single, giving Steamboat a lead it would hold until the fifth inning.
That's when Moffat County rallied for eight runs behind the hitting of Mike St. Martin and Josh Bower. Steamboat also committed three of the team's six errors in the game during the fifth and gave the Bulldogs the cushion they needed to win.
"We are definitely coming together, but we need to quit having that one bad inning," Sailor shortstop John Aragon Jr. said. "We should have won this game tonight, but we just came apart in that one inning."
The Bulldogs' C.J. Rogh added another home run to the total in the bottom of the sixth inning to bring the final score to 11-3.
"We are hitting the ball well right now, but we are just hitting it right at people," Sailors coach John Aragon said. "I really thought we could come in here and win -- our guys were really pumped up for it."
Coach Aragon said a couple of key plays really opened the game up for the Bulldogs. The biggest came in the fifth when Moffat County's Justin Hollingworth beat out a throw to first base. It gave the Bulldogs the momentum they needed to turn the game around.
Despite the loss, the Steamboat coach still feels like the conference is still fairly open. The Sailors will need to start making a run in a hurry if they want to contend.
Steamboat is currently 1-3 in conference play and 1-7 overall. The Bulldogs moved to 8-3 overall and 2-0 in conference play.
"Our young men played their heart out tonight," coach Aragon said. "It was a pretty exciting ball game except for that one inning."
Steamboat will try to rebound this Saturday when the squad plays two games against Delta. The first part of the doubleheader will take place at 11 a.m. and will be followed by the second game at 1 p.m.
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