Triple Crown in full swing

Tournament's World Series starts June 30

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Triple Crown schedule

June 19 to 21: Steamboat Mountain Magic

June 26 to 28: Steamboat Mountain Magic

June 30 to July 5: 14-year-old 60'90' open and 54'80' open

July 2 to 5: 8-year-old kid pitch

July 21 to 26: 10-year-old D1, D2 and D3

July 21 to 26: 13-year-old D1

July 28 to Aug. 2: 9-year-old D1, D2 and D3

July 28 to Aug. 2: 12-year-old D1, D2 and D3

Aug. 3 to 8: 11-year-old D1, D2 and D3

Aug. 3 to 8: 13-year-old D2 and D3

— With one tournament finished and another ready to begin, Triple Crown baseball in Steamboat Springs is getting into full swing.

The youth baseball and softball tournaments, which have become a Steamboat summer staple, opened June 11 with the Mountain Magic Softball tournament and will continue through the first weekend in August.

Starting Friday, the Steamboat Mountain Magic boys baseball tournament begins play and runs through Sunday. The following weekend, a second Steamboat Mountain Magic tournament begins before the Triple Crown World Series descends on Steamboat beginning June 30.

The Mountain Magic teams usually consist of top Colorado teams. The second weekend will feature one Steamboat team.

Games will be played in Steamboat, Oak Creek, Hayden and Craig.

"It's going to be about 400 teams and about 12,000 participants," said Jason McCoy, Triple Crown Baseball World Series coordinator.

McCoy said the World Series is down about 70 teams from last year. He said Triple Crown eased its restrictions on allowing team to enter tournaments. Teams still had to qualify or get validated to play. Each state determines validation, McCoy said, noting that teams can qualify by winning or placing second in a tournament.

In Colorado, a team is validated if it plays in three tournaments from September to the beginning of the World Series.

Triple Crown will again televise two of the finals on Altitude Sports and Entertainment. The two finals that will be televised will be the 9- and 12-year-old championship games Aug. 1.

Although Mountain Magic will consist mostly of competitive Colorado teams, the World Series features teams from across the country.

"There are going to be some amazing teams from California, Texas and Washington," McCoy said. "These are high-budget teams that travel all over. They'll battle it out and we're looking for great competition."

McCoy specifically said the July 21 to 26 session should feature some of the best youth baseball teams around.

In addition to teams from power-rich states Texas and California, McCoy said Washington will bring the Seattle Stars Blue and Seattle Stars Grey to play in the 13-year-old division. Both teams include players that played on a team that made it to the semifinals of the Little League World Series last year.

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