Summit Extreme baseball team takes 3rd at Triple Crown

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— The Summit Extreme 13-and-younger baseball team finished third Sunday in the Triple Crown Mountain Magic baseball tournament.

The team, comprising Summit and Steamboat Springs players, emerged from Saturday’s pool play as the No. 1 seed. But per Triple Crown rules, Summit had to play the No. 2-seeded Denver Thunder because the Extreme hadn’t faced them in pool play.

Denver won, 12-2.

“I knew they were good,” Extreme coach Tim Bishop said. “We knew we had to face them eventually, but I think our boys were prepped to play a team they beat the night before. Psychologically they were bummed to see them.”

The Extreme were down, 4-0, in the fourth inning when Andy Falcone delivered a two-run single to cut the lead to 4-2.

Then Denver started to hit the ball hard.

“They’re a top-six team in the state and they showed why,” Tim Bishop said.

Now the Summit Extreme prepare for state championship tournament July 8 to 11 in Denver. There, the Extreme are likely to be a top-three seed based on their play in previous tournaments.

The tournament will bring together 32 of the top teams in the state.

“The boys are excited to play down there, and their goal the whole time has been to win a state championship,” Tim Bishop said. “This is the first loss we suffered in a while. It took a little bit to lick our wounds. But the good news is they knew they didn’t play the best we could, and we played a really good team. The next two weeks, we know what we need to work on.”

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

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