Craig With a rally that came up short in the seventh inning in the first game and a second game that started with the Sailors down 7-2, Steamboat dropped a doubleheader to Glenwood Springs Saturday afternoon.
In the opening league match of the season, the Sailors traveled to Craig to meet up with the Demons, who beat them 9-8 and 11-6.
The Demons came out strong in the first game as they knocked in all nine runs in the first four innings. With five runs, the Sailors held the Demons to nine for the last three innings and rallied in the seventh to bring in three more runs.
But the game ended with the Sailors down by one when David May struck out with Preston Stanfill on base.
In the second game, the Demons started off equally as strong as they jumped to a 7-2 lead by the end of the second inning.
"We pitched well enough to keep us in the ballgame, but we had no help from the hitting," Sailors coach Sean Hicks said of the second game. "We just let a lot of pitches go by."
Steamboat earned the first two runs when freshman Tyler Fosdick slid into home plate off a Tanner Barr bunt and Joe Liefer tacked on a run when he came in from third off a hit from Ryan Marsden.
But the Demons quickly caught up when Dusty Lanci took the plate to hit a long ball that sent Mike Hoban in. With Lanci on second and Josh Russo on third, Roberto Olivas hit a ball down the center of the field and gave his two teammates a chance to run the bases.
Olivas got a run of his own when he crossed home plate on a Jeremy Ureche hit.
But with the Demons' bases loaded, Liefer caught a fly ball to give the Demons their third out and to end the first inning 4-2.
The Demons added three more runs in the second inning and held the Sailors until the top of the fifth.
As the starting pitcher for the second game, Fosdick said that after coming close to the Demons in the seventh inning of the first game, the Sailors were counting on a rally in the second game.
"I think we just lost it actually. We came back in the first game and when we didn't in the second, we just weren't in it," he said.
At the top of the fifth, Barr sent Fosdick to home plate again, this time on a long single.
With Gunderson on base, the Sailors added two more runs in the sixth when Stanfill hit a home run.
Fosdick tacked on the final run in the seventh when Gunderson hit a ball into right field and Fosdick ran in from second base.