The Steamboat Springs baseball team split a doubleheader with Glenwood Springs on Saturday, losing the first game decisively before coming from behind to win the second in extra innings, picking up its first win of the year.
The Sailors' 9-7 eight-inning victory against the Demons was the first against a league opponent other than Battle Mountain in several years.
"I think they probably realized what they are capable of," coach Sean Hicks said.
Steamboat (1-2 overall) dropped the first game against Glenwood, 17-6, but Hicks said in hindsight the lopsided loss probably was a positive, even though the Sailors should have won.
"I'm glad that happened because the only way things can be taught is if mistakes happen," he said. "Now, we're much better prepared for the rest of the season. ...We did a lot of things wrong in the first game. If we eliminate a lot of mistakes, it's a different ball game."
One positive for Steamboat was the change in its demeanor at the plate. After failing to be aggressive offensively in a loss at Grand Junction on March 6, Hicks emphasized batting in practice last week.
While the players were in the cage, Hicks told them they were done taking cuts if they watched a strike go by, and the change in attitude carried over into Saturday's doubleheader.
"For the most part, we were aggressive and made (Glenwood) make mistakes," Hicks said.
In Saturday's opening loss, senior Teal Taylor went 3-for-4 with one RBI. Sophomore Ben Montoya scored two runs for Steamboat and walked twice.
Senior Sean Murphy took the loss on the mound for the Sailors, allowing 12 earned runs, while striking out three.
The Sailors found themselves down again in Saturday's second game against the Demons, trailing 5-4 after five innings.
Steamboat tied the game in the top of the seventh and added four more in the top of the eighth to win, 9-7. Glenwood scored two in the bottom of the eighth inning but couldn't get the tying run across.
Taylor picked up the win, pitching 3 1/3 innings in relief, striking out four and surrendering just two earned runs.
Senior Jack Means went 4 2/3 innings, leaving with the game tied in the fifth.
At the plate, Means went 3-for-3 with one RBI. Junior Tyler Fosdick was 3-for-5 with three runs scored. Senior Nick Hughes and sophomore Charles Cogburn each knocked in two RBIs for Steamboat.
Nine Sailors got a hit in the win.
Up next for Steamboat is a game against Denver East at 3 p.m. Friday at All City Stadium. Steamboat will then travel for a doubleheader beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday in Rangely.