Steamboat Springs The difference between the Steamboat Springs baseball team and the upper-tier teams of the Western Slope League isn't reflected in the final scores.
On Saturday, playing at Mesa State College, Steamboat dropped two games to Palisade, 9-0 and 10-4.
"I thought the players played well with the exception of two or three innings," Sailors coach Dave Roy said. "We are within two or three plays of being in these games, so we'll continue to work on them."
Unearned runs were Steamboat's problem Saturday.
In the first game of the doubleheader, Palisade pitcher Cory Swetnam proved to be a problem, as well, shutting down Steamboat's lineup. Elliot Girard and Brian Aragon had the only hits.
"Their pitcher was excellent," Roy said. "He limited what we could do at the plate."
Steamboat's Jack Serhant pitched 4 1/3 innings of solid baseball.
The Sailors jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning of the second game. Aaron Hornstein reached first base on an error and came around to score on Alex Wood's RBI-single. Serhant, who walked after Hornstein, crossed home plate on Charles Cogburn's fielder's choice.
The Sailors didn't score again until the fifth inning, when Girard singled, stole second, reached third base on an error and came across home on a fielder's choice from Hornstein.
Cogburn later scored on a sacrifice fly from Graham Hogrefe.
"They scored nine runs in the fourth inning," Roy said. "Of those nine, five were unearned. That was pretty much the story of the game."
Steamboat returns to action at 3 p.m. Tuesday against Eagle Valley in Gypsum.