Steamboat Springs The Steamboat Springs High School baseball team dropped a pair of games to Delta on Saturday, falling 3-1 and 21-2.
In the first game, Steamboat got a strong pitching performance from junior Alex Wood. Wood - seeing his first significant action of the spring - tossed a complete game, scattering five hits and giving up just one earned run. Wood also struck out nine.
"He did a great job of keeping the ball low," Steamboat manager Dave Roy said. "I think that's probably the best-hitting team in the league, so that makes what he did on the mound all the more significant."
Steamboat made three errors in the first game, all coming at the most inopportune times. The first error gave Delta a 2-0 lead. Sophomore Alex Estes then cut the lead to 2-1 in the top of the fourth with a solo homerun.
The Panthers (7-0) would get one more run in the bottom of the fifth on an error before limiting the Sailors in their final two at bats.
Michael Lyon, Wood and Estes all had a hit for Steamboat in the first game.
In the second game, Steamboat's lack of pitching depth caught up with the team. Estes and Cody Miles - both who had been on spring break at Soroco - looked rusty in the second game.
"They hung in there," Roy said. "These guys could just hit the ball."
Roy's team actually picked up its first hit on the way to Delta, when the Sailors' bus collided with an elk just outside of Craig.
Lyon and freshman Isiah Forsyth each had a hit and scored a run in the second game.
Steamboat (2-7) is tentatively scheduled to play at rival Moffat County at 4 p.m. Thursday. The game depends on whether the Moffat County field is in good enough condition for play. Steamboat also is scheduled to play an upcoming doubleheader at 11 a.m. Saturday against Palisade in Grand Junction. The Sailors should have No. 2 pitcher Lars Johnson back this week. Johnson has been out of town skiing in national events.