Steamboat Springs Preston Stanfill was a little surprised when he found out he had earned All-Conference honors for his efforts on the baseball field this spring.
He was even more surprised when he found out that he, and honorable mention Tyler Fosdick, were the only Sailor players to earn the conference honors.
"I had a good season," Stanfill said. "But I was surprised that I was the guy who got All-Conference. There were some other guys on my team who deserved it more."
But after the voting was completed at the end of the season Stanfill, who averaged more than .400 at the plate in conference games this season with two home runs, was the only Sailor on the first team list. Fosdick, who is just a freshman, was named to the 18-player team as an honorable mention.
Sailors coach Sean Hicks said Stanfill filled an important role for the Steamboat team stepping in to play catcher and first base in the infield. He also stepped onto the mound and pitched a few innings for the Sailors.
The junior was a team leader and gave 100 percent every time he stepped onto the field. Something that didn't go unnoticed by coaches and players from around the league.
"Preston out hustled every player on our team," Hicks said.
"He was the best player in the league as far as pure hustle goes."
Fosdick was also thrilled to be named as an honorable mention as a freshman.
"I wasn't expecting it," Fosdick said.
Hicks said Fosdick was another example of a player who was willing to do what it takes just to play the game.
"He played every position on the field except for catcher and first base," Hicks said. "He was a great player because, as a coach, I could put him anywhere on the field and know that he wasn't going to hurt me."
The Sailors finished the season with a 3-17 record. However, both of the players said they are excited about playing this summer, and about getting on the field again next spring.
"This is a young team," Stanfill said. "This season came to an end just when we were starting to put some things together. We are all looking forward to next season and another chance."