Steamboat Springs Sailors head baseball coach Joss Vinson is expecting a pumped up team tonight in Craig as the Sailors face the Bulldogs for the second time this year.
"I think they will come out and try to hit us hard," Vinson said. "We may have surprised them the first time but that will not happen in this game."
In the team's first meeting April 3, the Sailors escaped with a 6-5 win behind a solid pitching performance from freshman David May.
"We need to do the same things we did in the first game if we want to win," Vinson said. "I know there will be a decent sized crowd there. We need to get that out of our heads and focus on the little things that will help us win the game."
Vinson will also be hoping his team can shake the damage of two losses last Saturday at the hands of the Delta Panthers in Delta. Delta has moved into fourth place in the league standings after knocking off Palisade once, and Steamboat Springs twice in the last week.
Vinson said the Delta team, despite losing its first three league games of the season, battered the Sailors in the first game, 11-1. Then they completed the sweep over the Sailors in the second game with a 8-4 victory.
"They just played a lot better than they were supposed to," Vinson said.
The coach felt like the Panthers record may have given himself, and his players a false sense of confidence headed into the game.
Tonight's game in Craig will begin at 4 p.m. at the Craig Middle School.
Steamboat will be the home team in the game, despite the location of the contest.
"We had hoped to get on the fields at Howelsen, but there is still snow in the outfield," Steamboat Springs High School Athletics Director Steve Moos said.