Tyler Brown tosses a ball inside the old gym at Steamboat Springs High School on Thursday afternoon. The Sailors, who are in first place in the Western Slope League, will travel to take on Delta on Saturday.

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Tyler Brown tosses a ball inside the old gym at Steamboat Springs High School on Thursday afternoon. The Sailors, who are in first place in the Western Slope League, will travel to take on Delta on Saturday.

Steamboat baseball ready to prove skills in Delta doubleheader

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— Don’t look now, but the cellar dweller is sipping tea in the penthouse.

Years of sub-.500 records have suddenly been top-to-bottomed, and the Steamboat Springs High School baseball team is alone in first place in the Western Slope League.

Although Steamboat opened eyes across the league Saturday with two come-from-behind wins against Glenwood Springs, the team has a better opportunity Saturday to legitimize its standing as a player in the conference.

Steamboat travels to a doubleheader beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday in Delta.

Delta, along with Palisade, has been the class of the league for three years now. The two teams were expected again to finish near the top.

But Steamboat (5-2 overall, 2-0 in league play) has a chance to change that.

“I think everybody knows that we’re here to play this year,” Steamboat manager Kellen Baker said. “We’ve got a good team. One thing this team has is it won’t give up. (Against Glenwood) we were down in both games and came back.”

Steamboat, however, will be without the services of No. 1 pitcher Alan Capistron. Capistron hurt his hamstring in the second game of the doubleheader against Glenwood, and Baker said he would be out for four to six weeks.

In Capistron’s absence, Baker said he still is confident that Steamboat can compete in the murky Western Slope.

Tommy Lyon and Tyler Brown are expected to get the starts Saturday against what should be the league’s best hitting team.

“We have to continue to put the pressure on and make them earn every out,” Baker said. “Offensively, we’ve been staying short with our swings.”

Although Steamboat is in a relatively uncertain position, Baker said he really hasn’t talked to his players about the significance of beating Delta.

Instead, Baker, a diehard Boston fan who said he’s more worried about his pitching rotation than the Red Sox right now, thinks things will take care of themselves.

“We’re giving it the old Bill Belichick approach,” he said. “One game at a time and try and not get too far ahead of ourselves. But it’s a big week for us.”

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