Craig It was just one of those days for the Steamboat Springs baseball team.
Anytime they needed a hit, they'd get an out.
Anytime they needed an out, they'd give up a hit.
So four days after downing rival Moffat County for the first time in almost a decade, Steamboat dropped both games of a doubleheader against Delta, 8-4 and 18-2.
In the first game, the Sailors reverted back to their old form from earlier in the year and didn't take advantage of their opportunities. In the bottom of the first, fifth and sixth innings, Steamboat had runners on first and third with only one out. All three times, the Sailors came up empty handed.
"We had guys in scoring position and couldn't get a hit," said Steamboat manager Dave Roy, whose team stranded eight runners in the first game. "So what are you going to do? A few key hits and we're right there."
On the other side, Delta strung together base hit after base hit. Tied, 1-1, heading into the top of the fourth, the Panthers started the inning with three seeing-eye singles. After a strikeout and a walk another Delta single gave the Panthers a 4-1 lead. Then in the fifth inning Delta put together four more consecutive hits - and six in the inning - to take an 8-1 lead.
"They scored some runs early and we didn't respond the way we should of," Roy said. "That's how they got up on us and when we didn't come through in the clutch with the hits, there was no chance."
Elliot Girard finished the first game 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Taylor Anderson, Brian Aragon, Aaron Hornstein and Skylar Mitchell all chipped in with a hit.
In the second game, there was little the Sailors could do to stop the Panthers' bats. Delta pounded out 22 hits including three homeruns.
"They hit the ball," Roy said. "They've had a tough year this year and I think it all came to the front in these two games. It didn't matter what we threw at them, they were hitting it."
Delta scored a run in the first and four in the third before opening up the game in the fourth inning.
The Panthers sent 14 hitters to bat in the inning and scored 9 nine runs.
Steamboat broke up the shutout in the bottom of fifth. Michael Lyon and Girard both singled before Aragon brought both home on a single up the middle.
Girard and Lyon both went 2-for-2 with a run scored. Aragon finished 1-for-3 with 2 RBIs.
"We just need to forget this game," Roy said. "We'll remember the first but we need to forget the second one. We need to get a new outlook on things and prepare for the Bulldogs on Tuesday.
Steamboat plays Moffat County in Craig on Tuesday at 4 p.m.