The Northwest Colorado Lynx baseball team got off to a rough start for the summer.
The team of players from Steamboat Springs, Hayden, Craig and Meeker who compete in the 12-year-old division opened their summer season at the Triple Crown Division 1 Memorial Day Classic in Loveland.
"We played like it was the first tournament of the year," coach Shane Camilletti said. "We competed, but we didn't get the breaks."
A break the Lynx could have used in the tournament's pool play was the benefit of the final call in their game against Loveland. In the bottom of the seventh inning, a Loveland player ran over the Lynx catcher, jarring the ball loose for the winning run.
"Federation rules say a player has to slide," Camilletti said.
Loveland went on to finish second in the tournament, and the Lynx later suffered an 18-0 loss to Arvada West.
"The loss was tough because we didn't recover the next game," Camilletti said.
In their other two games in pool play, the Lynx defeated Boulder, 12-7, and lost in the last inning to Highlands Ranch, 10-9. All three of the games were against teams that feed Class 5A high schools.
"The level of competition was tough," Camilletti said. "In Division 1, every team you play is just as good or better than you."
The Lynx, annual qualifiers for the Triple Crown World Series, didn't make it out of pool play with their 1-3 record. Traditionally, they start out slow.
"We haven't made it out of pool play in our first tournament the last three years," Camilletti said. "The Arvada West team had already played 35 games, and we've now played four. We start out a bit behind."
Next week, the Lynx travel to Grand Junction for a Triple Crown wood-bat tournament.