Steamboat Springs Steamboat Springs High School baseball coach Dave Roy said he saw improvement and solid baseball from his team through portions of Saturday's doubleheader at Delta.
It was the other parts of the two games that doomed the Sailors to a pair of losses.
Steamboat lost, 9-1, then 19-9.
"We dropped two to a very good team from Delta, and all in all, I was very pleased with the performance of our guys," Roy said.
A disastrous first inning ruined Steamboat's chances in the day's first game.
The Panthers flew to a 6-0 lead. Roy said Sailors' pitcher Cody Harris bounced back after the ugly inning, but Steamboat's offense never came around.
The team's lone run came when Alan Capistron walked and eventually scored on a passed ball.
"We had a tough time putting the ball in play," Roy said. "We were up against an excellent pitcher, a guy who will be playing at the collegiate level next year. He had some good heat, then a nice curveball he could hit his spots with."
Steamboat (1-8, 0-4) got off to a much better start in the second game but still couldn't pull out a victory.
After Delta took a 2-0 lead, Steamboat stormed back in the top of the first inning to score five runs.
A pair of singles scored Capistron and Harris, then Matt Watwood clubbed a three-run homer to give Steamboat its first lead of the day.
The Sailors got another offensive surge in the fourth inning when three runs scored on a pair of Delta errors.
Steamboat added one more in the sixth as Isiah Forsyth singled, then scored on a Zach Dunlop single.
It wasn't enough to hold off a furious offensive charge by Delta, but it did leave Roy feeling confident about his team's outlook.
"These guys kept battling. They never gave up," he said. "They showed they have some mettle."
Roy said he found plenty to like in the two-game road swing. A strong defensive effort in the second game was highlighted by a running one-handed catch by Charles Wood in centerfield.
"We didn't make any errors in the second game. Defensively, we played pretty well," Roy said. "I feel this team coming around. We're going to be a factor as we move into the second half of the season."
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