Steamboat Springs Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services Depart­ment employees Brandon Skaggs, left, and Darian Buelter install a pitching rubber on Adams Field at Howelsen Hill. The fields were being prepared for a softball camp and tournament scheduled for next week.

Photo by John F. Russell

Steamboat Springs Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services Depart­ment employees Brandon Skaggs, left, and Darian Buelter install a pitching rubber on Adams Field at Howelsen Hill. The fields were being prepared for a softball camp and tournament scheduled for next week.

Triple Crown lands in Steamboat on June 9

Annual series of baseball tournaments includes adult slow pitch

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Triple Crown schedule

■ June 9 to 12: Mountain Magic girls softball camp and tournament

■ June 24 to 26: Mountain Magic boys baseball

■ July 2 to 4: Mountain Magic adults slowpitch softball

■ July 18 to 23: Triple Crown World Series girls 18 and younger softball featuring 64 teams from nine Western states

■ July 26 to 31: Triple Crown World Series boys ages 9 to 13 baseball

■ Aug. 2 to 7: Triple Crown World Series boys ages 9 to 13 baseball

— The first of five Triple Crown youth softball and baseball tournaments planned for summer in Steamboat Springs kicks off June 9 with the Mountain Magic girls softball camp and tournament.

This year’s Triple Crown Sports calendar also includes a sixth event, the traditional Fourth of July Mountain Magic adult slowpitch softball tournament. Local teams are encouraged to register for one of 50 berths in the tournament.

Organizer Patty Harsch said a new wrinkle is a kickball tournament for teams that get knocked out in the double-elimination format.

“We already have teams entered from Missouri and New Mexico, as well as Colorado,” Harsch said Tuesday. “We’ll run an all-star game with one player from each team on Saturday night on Klumker Field, and we’ve also added the kickball aspect to the tournament. When your team gets knocked out of the softball tournament, we’ll bracket you into a single-elimination kickball tournament.”

Entry fee for the tournament is $350. Registration can be done at www.triplesports.com or by calling Harsch at 970-672-0558.

The city of Steamboat Springs signed a new contract or licensing agreement with Triple Crown last year anticipating that this summer the Fort Collins-based tournament organizers would branch out to multiple cities including some in California, Utah, Nevada, Texas and Missouri.

The large girls World Series softball tournament is new to Steamboat and was planned to buffer some of the planned reduction of tournaments here resulting from the elimination of three boys baseball divisions.

“Triple Crown wants to keep and protect the highly valued relationship it has with Steamboat Springs going forward,” states the agreement signed in June 2010. “However, their new relationship will be an immediate reduction in volume.”

This summer’s Triple Crown calendar includes a five-day break between the end of the Mountain Magic boys baseball tournament that ends June 26 and the beginning of the adult slowpitch event July 2, the Saturday of the Independence Day holiday weekend.

That event is followed by a 13-day break before the Triple Crown World Series calendar begins with the girls softball tournament July 18 to 23.

During that nearly two-week break from Triple Crown, Steamboat will host the 31st Hot Air Balloon Rodeo on July 9 and 10 followed closely by the Tour de Steamboat road cycling event July 15 and 16 and the Steamboat Mountain Soccer Tournament July 15 to 17. The outdoor concert by Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, part of the Free Summer Concert Series, also takes place during that Triple Crown break, on July 14 at Howelsen Hill.

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