On Monday, Sailors baseball coach Sean Hicks summed up his team's frustration in just five words.
"We gave it to them," Hicks said.
Despite a strong showing at the plate by Steamboat freshmen Andru Kulas and Colin Boyle, Steamboat's offense couldn't keep pace.
The Sailors combined for 11 hits and five runs in the game. But Steamboat's offense was not enough to overcome four errors and the countless mental mistakes that didn't show up on the score sheet.
"We had our best hitting performances of the season, but then we couldn't do the other things right," Hicks said.
The mistakes helped Palisade score two runs in the third, two runs in the fourth, two runs in the fifth and two more in the seventh.
"Every error will cost you in a game," Hicks said. "The team that makes the least amount of mistakes is almost always going to win the game."
Ben Montoya (0-5) struck out five Palisade batters but also walked four. He gave up six runs on seven hits. Zach Savage was called into the game in the seventh to close the door on the Bulldogs, but gave up two runs in the 8-5 loss.
Steamboat opened the second half of the doubleheader with a three-run first inning. But surrendered two runs to Palisade in the second and then gave up three more in the fifth to fall behind 5-4 down the stretch.
Steamboat tried to rally with a run in the top of the sixth but would get no closer as the team dropped its 13th game of the season. The team is now 2-13.
Nick Leader started the game for Steamboat and struck out three batters before leaving the game in the fifth inning. Tyler Fosdick came into the game hoping to help the Sailors hold on, only to watch the game slip away. He only gave up one run, but it turned out to be the game winner.
Steamboat had 15 hits in the game and four errors. Palisade scored five runs on eight hits.
Hicks praised Kulas, who was 5-for-7 at the plate in the two games, and Boyle, who was 4-for-5 at the plate.