Dawgs' have losing day

Local team falters after red-hot start in Triple Crown tourney

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— The Pioneer Material Dawgs had already formulated a strategy after losing its opening game of the Triple Crown Slowpitch softball tournament on Friday.

"We are going out to regroup on the golf course and have a couple of cold beers," local player Bill Cook said.

The Dawgs, the only local team in the tournament, actually got off to a red hot start in Friday's first game which was played on Vanatta at 8 a.m.

The Steamboat team built a 6-1 lead over Piney Creek Grill, but the cushion didn't last long. The Aurora team came roaring back with five runs in the fourth to tie the game up at 6 runs apiece.

"We made a couple on mental errors and we just couldn't seem to hit the ball," team captain Brain Culver said. "We also had a couple of guys go down, which also didn't help."

The two injuries came midway through the game and sent two players to the bench earlier than expected. Meanwhile, the Piney Creek team got it's offense rolling by stringing several hits which helped the visitors add four more runs in the fifth inning and four more in the sixth frame.

The Dawgs got runners into scoring position in both the sixth and seventh innings, but could not get hits when they needed them.

A forfeit helped the local team advance through the first round of the loser's bracket thanks to a no show.

But the Dawgs' luck ran out with their match-up against Straight Shot out of Fort Collins.

The local team lost 15-10.

There are 135 adult softball teams in Steamboat this weekend for the third and final leg of the Triple Crown Colorado Series. The top-three teams from this event in each division will earn berths to the Triple Crown World Finals which will be played in Steamboat this August.

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