Steamboat Springs The Steamboat Springs American Legion baseball team finished second at a tournament in Green River, Wyo., during the weekend.
Steamboat fell, 8-4, to Lovell, Wyo., in the championship game.
“You look at the overall picture of what happened and we got really good pitching,” Steamboat manager Dave Roy said.
Steamboat started in a pool of four teams and needed a win against the Green River Knights to advance to the championship game. Ryan Tibbetts threw a complete game three-hitter to help Steamboat advance. Steamboat scored seven runs in the first inning, the biggest blow coming from a two-run single by Michael Yost. The team also picked up insurance runs in the fourth and sixth innings to run away with a 9-1 win.
In the championship game, Lovell jumped out to a 5-0 lead, and Steamboat could never catch up.
Brandon Clark led the way for Steamboat in the tournament, going 5 for 10 with two doubles, two home runs and 6 RBIs. Matt Watwood chipped in four hits and 3 RBIs, and Carson Becker was 4 for 13 with a double and an RBI.
Tibbetts threw 10 innings, giving up just two earned runs and six hits while striking out 19. Tyler Brown had a complete game in a 5-2 loss but struck out seven and walked one.
“The team is progressing beautifully,” Roy said. “We’re getting better and better defensively in every outing.”
The team next plays a doubleheader beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday against Summit at the Emerald Blue field in Steamboat.
Summit Extreme baseball rained out in Nebraska
The Summit Extreme baseball team, a group composed of Summit and Steamboat players ages 13 and younger, made it to the final eight of a tournament in Omaha, Neb., before getting rained out.
The national tournament brought many of the top teams from around the country to coincide with the College World Series.
Playing in the open division, Summit lost to the No. 8 team from Illinois, 3-2, before falling to the No. 5 team from Texas, 7-1.
Playing in a knockout game against Dakota Ridge, Steamboat’s Koby Bishop threw a complete game in a 6-1 win.
“It was just a big success compared to the other games,” coach Tim Bishop said.
Unfortunately, the rain set in, and Sunday’s action was called off.
The Summit Extreme returns to action this week in the Triple Crown Mountain Magic tournament.
The team plays at 8 a.m. against Broomfield and 12:45 p.m. against Lakewood on Friday at Vanatta Field.
“We’re excited to finally play in Steamboat,” Tim Bishop said. “It’s been awhile. It’s a tough bracket, but Triple Crown brackets are always tough.”