Steamboat Springs The Colorado Extreme 14-and-under baseball team won a pair of games Sunday on its way to winning the Triple Crown Mountain Madness tournament.
The team, which includes Steamboat Springs players Koby Bishop and Jesse Pugh, went 6-0 in the tournament and outscored its opponents 65-18. The team is now 27-9 against Colorado competition.
“Even though it was a seven-game tournament, we had plenty of pitching,” said co-coach Tim Bishop, who along with Summit’s Tim Lecher has managed the team this year. “We were very fortunate how it all worked out.”
In Sunday’s first game against the Eaton Reds, the team won 13-5. The Colorado Extreme had previously beaten Eaton in the Battle of the Forts championship game.
“We hit the ball really well,” Bishop said. “We forced them to make lots of mistakes.”
In the championship game, the Colorado Extreme beat the Front Range Fever, 4-2.
Legion teams takes 3rd in Wyoming invitational
The Steamboat Springs American Legion team went 4-1 over the weekend in the Green River (Wyo.) Invitational to finish in third place.
The tournament was an American Legion A tournament, meaning players up to age 19 could play in it.
Steamboat, with help from some added older players, tore the cover off the ball, hitting a collective .450 with 12 home runs.
“It was a lot of great offense,” manager Dave Roy said.
The team opened play against Price, Utah, with an 8-3 win. Ryan Tibbetts threw a two-hitter, and the team got home runs from Matt Regan, Cutter Pasternak and Ryan Jeep.
In the second game, a 19-4 win against Lovell, Wyo., Regan threw a 54-pitch complete game.
Pasternak, Jeep and Tibbetts all hit home runs. The team then beat Rawlins, Wyo., 17-3, with Jeep getting the win and Regan driving in five runs.
Steamboat lost to Green River, 9-4, in the championship bracket, before playing Douglas, Wyo., in the third-place game.
The two teams were tied at 3 heading into the bottom of the seventh, when Jeep’s fielder’s choice brought in Pasternak for the game-winning run.
Tibbetts, who was voted the teams Most Valuable Player, threw his second complete game.
“Pitching got us the four wins,” Roy said. “It was offense, good pitching and good defense.”
The team plays a doubleheader at Eagle Valley on Saturday and another Sunday in Craig against Coal Ridge. The first game both days is at 11 a.m.
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