Steamboat Springs For the second time in less than a week, the Steamboat Springs High School boys baseball team will square off against Glenwood Springs in a key conference match up.
But this time, the season and a berth to the district playoffs will be on the line for both teams as the Sailors host the district pigtail game for the first time ever. In the past, the Sailors have always been last in the conference standings and were forced to travel to the first-round playoff game, but last Saturday's 12-11 win over Glenwood Springs lifted the Steamboat tes, but earned the No. 4 seed based on the tie-breaker.
Last Saturday, Steamboat held off a late run by the Demons to secure a 12-11 win at Simillion Field. It was the second time this season the local boys have beaten the Demons and it helped Steamboat finish out of the cellar for the first time ever in the Western Slope Conference.
Steamboat also beat Glenwood in a 15-7 slugfest on April 7.
The Sailors will be trying to make it three straight over Glenwood in today's game, which will also be held at Simillion Field. The visiting Demons will step into the batter's box at 4 p.m. looking to avenge the squad's latest loss to the Sailors.
The winner will advance to face top- seeded Moffat County in the district tournament at 10 a.m. Saturday in Craig -- the loser will be done for the season.
Other district playoff games will also start on Saturday. The other second-round contest will feature No. 2 seed Rifle battling No. 3 seed Delta in a 1 p.m. game.
The winners from the two district playoff games will meet in a championship contest at 4 p.m. in Craig. am out of the basement and awarded the local players a home playoff game.
This year, Steamboat finished with the same 3-5 record as the last-place Glenwood Springs Demons.
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