Steamboat's Legion baseball team splits games

Summit Extreme 13-and-younger team finishes 3rd at state

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— Rising Steamboat Springs High School senior Alan Capistron continued his lights-out summer baseball campaign Tuesday against Middle Park, adding to his already sparkling summer on the mound.

Capistron threw a complete game in the second game of the Legion team’s doubleheader, helping Steamboat pick up a split.

The team lost the first game, 8-4, before winning the second game, 9-2.

“Per usual, he just did a great job,” Steamboat manager Dave Roy said about Capistron.

Coming into Tuesday, Capi­stron had given up just one earned run in his last 14 innings pitched.

Against Middle Park, Capistron scattered five hits, gave up just one earned and struck out 15 of the 25 hitters he faced.

“His fastball and slider were working,” Roy said. “He was great. He was 80 percent strikes. Of the 25 guys he faced, he got 17 first-pitch strikes. He was very much on and didn’t walk a guy.”

In that second game, Tyler Brown had three hits and three RBIs, while Brandon Clark and Capistron each contributed a pair of hits.

Brown started the first game for Steamboat and battled control issues and a shaky defense. Brown gave up eight runs, but just five were earned.

He struck out eight, issued five walks and hit three batters.

Clark had an RBI and Capistron had two in the loss.

Steamboat now is 7-5 and in third place in the Western Slope League. The team resumes play with the district tournament Thursday through July 25 in Eagle.

Summit Extreme finishes third

Although the Summit Extreme 13-and-under baseball team came away from Sunday’s USSSA state baseball tournament disappointed, it’s hard to argue with the team’s production this summer.

Summit made the semifinals of the tournament before losing to eventual champion Longmont Colorado Cougars, 9-8.

Summit had beaten Long­mont twice earlier in the season and took an 8-6 lead into the final inning. But the Extreme gave up three runs and couldn’t get anything going in their last at bat.

To get to the semifinals, Summit beat the Cheyenne Mustangs, 8-4, and the Eaton Reds, 16-7, earlier in the day.

The team now prepares for the Triple Crown World Series Aug. 3 to 8 in Steamboat.

“We’re just excited for the World Series,” Summit coach Tim Bishop said. “We’re proud of the boys. It was a great finish in state. They definitely played well. They’re playing good baseball. They’re fun to watch.”

Summit finished the USSSA season, 16-2, and ranked No. 1 in the Colorado power rankings, and No. 6 in the nation.

The power rankings take into account records and strength of schedule.

— To reach Luke Graham, call 871-4229 or e-mail lgraham@steamboatpilot.com

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