Steamboat Springs Sailors baseball coach Joss Vinson is encouraging his players to keep their heads held high this week as the team prepares to play in the Rangely Tournament.
The team has been hammered lately, not by opposing teams, but by Mother Nature.
The Steamboat squad was snowed out last Saturday in Parachute and missed a game last night against Soroco because of wet fields.
"It is frustrating," Vinson said. "But we can't let it get us down. It's a short season, so when things like this happen you have to find a positive."
Vinson said the positive this week is that the Sailors will have more time to prepare for the first tournament of the season this weekend in Rangely.
"We will be hoping for some good weather," Vinson said.
Steamboat will face Machebeuf High School on Friday at 3:30 p.m. in the opening game. Steamboat will also face Eagle Valley at 10 a.m. and host Rangely at 3 p.m. on Saturday.
"We will get three games," Vinson said. "That will be good for us."
Vinson said he is looking forward to playing in a tournament for a number of reasons.
He want's his team to get onto a field, so they can see how much they've improved since the first games of the season on March 10. Steamboat lost to Olathe (12-2) and Hotchkiss (7-2) in that opening weekend.
Since then the team has been benched by bad weather. A scheduled game against Grand Valley was canceled last Saturday and Tuesday night's game against Soroco was also put on hold.
Despite the cancellations the Sailors new coach is keeping a positive attitude and passing that on to his players. The team has been working hard in the gym on offense and trying to keep defense in mind.
Vinson is hoping the hard work will pay off this weekend in the final non-league games of the season. The team will open league play on April 3 against Moffat County in Craig.