Steamboat Springs The Northwest Colorado Lynx's Thursday game turned out to be a microcosm of the games it played Wednesday, or at least in the way the team hit the ball.
The Lynx, who lost, 14-0, Thursday to the Rocklin Timber Wolves from California, have scored only four runs in their first three games of this week's Triple Crown Sports World Series youth baseball tournament. The Lynx are primarily composed of players from Moffat County, with the exception of a couple of Routt County players. The team competes in the 13-and-under division.
"Hitting is usually pretty contagious when it happens," Lynx coach Shane Camilletti said. "But it has to happen before it's contagious."
On Wednesday, the Lynx lost, 7-3, to the Orem Owlz, a team from Utah, and, 4-1, to the Gallup Venom, a team from New Mexico.
"The games on Wednesday we were in, but we just didn't get any runs," Camilletti said.
In the first two innings Thursday, the Lynx proved to be their own worst enemy. Four errors and a hit batsmen led to five runs for the Timber Wolves. And when the Lynx came to bat, the team squandered its opportunities.
The Lynx cut its rallies short in the first and second innings. After a runner was thrown out trying to steal second in the first inning, the Lynx's first two batters of the second inning reached base. But a soft fly out and a failed sacrifice fly ended any scoring threat.
"It was good enough," Camilletti said about his team's pitching. "If we could have generated some offense, that would of poured out onto the field."
After the top of the second inning, the Lynx never recorded a hit and only had one runner reach base.
"We typically have good pitching and good defense," Timber Wolves coach Mark Garvella said. "Our offense is also tough from top to bottom."
The Lynx team was put together Tuesday night, so the club can take Thursday's game for what it was -- a bad outing -- and gear up for action today.
"We just need to play better defense and get the bats going," Lynx player Alan Capistron said.
The Lynx play today at Woodbury Field in Craig. The game's time was unknown as of press time Thursday.
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