Steamboat Springs The Steamboat Springs baseball team's season ended with a 5-0 loss to Rifle on Tuesday in the opening round of the district playoffs.
Freshman Tyler Fosdick and sophomore David May were the only Sailors able to get hits off Bears pitcher Danny Fedirko, but defense and solid pitching allowed Steamboat to hang with top-seeded Rifle.
Junior Preston Stanfill threw seven strong innings, allowing seven hits and striking out three. Head coach Sean Hicks said the Bears tagged the few mistakes that Stanfill threw.
Rifle did all its damage in the middle innings of the game, scoring two in the third and three in the fourth to give Fedirko the cushion he would need.
"We played a pretty solid game," Hicks said. "We just didn't get enough hits to win."
Winning was something Steamboat couldn't figure out how to do during the first 15 games of the season, but the Sailors rallied to win three of their final five, including two over league rival Battle Mountain.
Steamboat's previous losses to Rifle were double-digit blowouts, so the 5-0 defeat on Tuesday is an indicator of progress even if it marked the end of the season.
"I thought we finished strong," Hicks said. "We have a lot of kids coming back and a lot to look forward to next year."