Steamboat baseball team set to compete in Triple Crown World Series

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Steamboat Sailors game schedule

Wednesday: 4:30 p.m. on Vanatta field at Howelsen Hill

Thursday: 9:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. on Adams field at Howelsen Hill

Friday and Saturday: playoffs

— A Steamboat team rarely fills a slot in the national Triple Crown World Series baseball tournament, but this year it does so with a U13 team composed of players from Steamboat, Summit County and Texas.

Five players from Steamboat — including David Brown, Zach Cooke, Theo Hansen, Payton McElhiney and Sean Patton — are taking the field for the Steamboat Sailors. The team also has Keegan Cancelosi, Jordan Ehlert, Max Hess and Michael Steadman from Summit County as well as Zach Bilello, Matt Cavanaugh, Ian McLerran and Cannon Reese, who call Texas home.

The team was put together by three Steamboat players who invited teammates on the Summit club baseball team and their friend Reese, who had moved from Steamboat to Texas.

“Sunday was the first time they all played together,” head coach Doug Brown said.

Although they are a new team, Brown said the Sailors are not taking lightly the task of representing Steamboat Springs in a hometown tournament.

“For everybody, there’s a lot of enthusiasm,” Brown said. “Even the Summit kids and the Texas kids know this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for them.”

The Sailors will open the tournament against Oilers Baseball at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday on Vanatta field at Howelsen Hill. The team then will play two more games at 9:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Thursday on Adams field at Howelsen. Depending on the result of those games, the Sailors will be seeded for the playoffs Friday and Saturday.

“I hope the boys have a good time, keep their heads in the game and play well,” Brown said. “I think, honestly, they’re going to give one of their best performances of the year this weekend.”

Jake Miller, a 2012 graduate of Steamboat Springs High School, is working as a summer intern for the Steamboat Pilot & Today. He recently completed his freshman year at Nebraska Wesleyan University.

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