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— The Steamboat Springs High School baseball team is pairing with Haymaker Golf Course for the Sailors' spring fundraiser.

Beginning Monday, people interested in helping the baseball team can buy $20 raffle tickets. The winning raffle ticket -- announced April 21 in a drawing at the high school -- earns its holder a season pass to the city-owned golf course.

The Sailors held the same fundraiser last spring, and it raised nearly $2,500.

The baseball team is not funded by the Steamboat Springs School District, so its $14,000 budget must be raised or funded by players' families.

Sailors coach Dave Roy said funds raised last year were put toward new uniforms. The money will be earmarked differently this year.

"It goes for things like travel or the $30 a game (spent) on water and Gatorade," he said. "It's all part of the budget. Umpires, we pay them. This is just one fundraiser that contributes to making us finish in the black."

Steamboat, which started 0-3-1 against larger Front Range schools, picked up its first two wins of the season Saturday against Western Slope League opponent Battle Mountain.

The Sailors defeated the Huskies handily in a doubleheader. They played the games at Eagle Valley High School because of snow in Eagle-Vail.

"It was beautiful weather," Roy said. "I told the guys before the game that this might be the best weather we see all spring. We had a lot of fun."

Steamboat plays a 4 p.m. game today against Meeker in Meeker. A junior varsity game is scheduled to follow, and the teams will play as many innings as daylight allows.

Steamboat then hosts Delta in a doubleheader beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday at Craig Middle School.

"Delta is a team that's always real competitive," Roy said. "We are pointing to them as the top team in the league. They are well-coached and have great ballplayers."

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