Triple Crown concludes this weekend

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The Triple Crown season in Steamboat Springs wraps up this weekend with the Adult Slow-Pitch World Series that runs today through Sunday.

Ninety-one teams are taking part in this weekend's season finale, including three Steamboat men's teams.

Alpine Taxi is playing in the 22-team Men's D field, while Steamboat Blue and Pioneer Material Dawgs are scheduled to play in the 35-team Men's E field.

The Steamboat tournament traditionally pulls a large number of teams not only from Colorado, but from the far reaches of the country, as well. This year is no different.

Between the five divisions -- Men's C, Men's D, Men's E, Women's and Coed -- that will be vying for national championships this weekend, 14 states and Mexico are represented.

The Polos have traveled from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, to take part in the Triple Crown World Series, along with two teams from Florida, a team from Maryland and a team from Connecticut.

Men's C is the highest level of softball that will be played this weekend, but every bracket boasts talented teams. As is the case with the youth baseball World Series tournaments; nearly every softball team participating today earned the right to be in Steamboat.

Alpine Taxi opens pool play at 9:15 a.m. today at Loudy-Simpson Field 1 against Faith Bible Chapel of Arvada and continues at 11:45 a.m. on the same field against Avid Softball from Logan, Utah.

Pioneer Material Dawgs begins pool play at 9:15 a.m. today at the Ski Town South field against Caates Electric from Gillette, Wyo., and continues at 4:45 p.m. at the Oak Creek Upper field against C.T. Sportsplex from Guilford, Conn.

Steamboat Blue opens pool play at 10:30 a.m. today at the Ski Town South field against Wicked Panthers from West Valley, Utah, and continues at 3:30 p.m. on Klumker Field against The Scorpions from Los Alamos, N.M.

Including this weekend, a total of 316 teams have participated in various local World Series tournaments put on by Triple Crown since late July.

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