Colorado Extreme advances to finals at Triple Crown
June 19, 2011
Steamboat Springs — Editor’s note: This story has been updated to correct the baseball team’s name to the Colorado Extreme.
The question comes up when people find out about the Colorado Extreme 14-and-younger baseball team.
With players from across the state, including Steamboat's Jesse Pugh and Koby Bishop, everyone always asks how they practice.
If Friday and Saturday's pool play games in the Triple Crown Mountain Madness tournament were any indication, the team's one practice together was more than enough.
The Extreme cruised through play, winning all four of its games and giving up just eight runs. Three of the wins came by the 10-run rule. The lone close game, a 6-5 win against the Denver Hit Streak on Friday, came after Colorado Extreme was up 6-1 in the final inning.
"The goal is to win," coach Tim Bishop said. "The expectation is always to win."
The team now plays Sunday in the championship. The game is at 12:45 p.m. at Adams Field.
Bishop said with this collection of players, who have been traveling across the region for tournaments, anything less than a win Sunday would be a disappointment.
"We expect to win it," Bishop said.
Little League team winless
Considering what the Steamboat Springs 11-year-old Little League team has had to endure, an 0-4 record in the Triple Crown Mountain Madness tournament may have been expected.
The team, sponsored by The Tap House Sports Grill, has played with less than ideal conditions.
The horrendous spring, coupled with a lack of indoor availability, has hampered the team's progress.
Look a little closer, however.
The team's four losses in the highly competitive tournament include a one-run loss and a pair of two-run losses.
"We're getting a lot of baseball in, which people in this town don't get," said coach Pat McElhiney, who, along with Chauncey Cooke and David Reese, has coached the team this year.
"And it's competitive baseball," he said.
Although this weekend is done for the team, players have another Triple Crown chance coming up.
The team plays next weekend in another tournament. Steamboat plays at 8 and 10 a.m. on Friday and at 2 and 4 p.m. on Saturday.
"We still have next weekend coming up," McElhiney said. "It was a good test for a mountain team that doesn't play a lot. But we really did play well."
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