Dawgs face tough decisions
July 11, 2002
Steamboat Springs — The Pioneer Materials Dawgs have some tough decisions to make, following their fourth-place finish in the Triple Crown Men’s Slow-Pitch Tournament held in Steamboat Springs over the Fourth of July weekend.
Not only did Pioneer qualify for the World Series held in Steamboat Aug. 15-18, the local team also earned an invitation to the Triple Crown Fall Nationals in St. Augustine, Fla., Oct. 4-14, The Crown Jewel in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Feb. 2-9 and the Triple Crown Slow Pitch Spring Nationals in Las Vegas from March 8-10.
“We’ve known about all of them but only talked about possibly going to St. Augustine,” said Brian Culver, the team organizer and manager of-sorts.
“It would be nice to go. It’s real competitive. Teams from Georgia, Florida and Texas, the teams that play all year-round, would be there.”
But the possibility of representing Steamboat in such locations as Las Vegas and Mexico are appealing as well and can’t be tossed aside.
Culver said the team is going to have a meeting in the upcoming week to decide if they want to accept one or more of these invitations and seek out a sponsor to help fund their tournament trips.
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“There are aspirations,” Culver said.
While the Dawgs already locked up the World Series berth, because a Steamboat team receives an automatic bid for hosting the August tournament, they gained some respect and turned a few heads by earning their bid on the field.
They wrapped up the recent Triple Crown tournament with a 5-2 record, dropping both contests Sunday.
In the opening game on Sunday, Pioneer lost to Colorado Rocky’s Auto from Castle Rock, 21-14, but bounced back to defeat a team from Grand Junction, 18-11.
With one loss on their record, however, the Dawgs could not afford to lose another game but ran into The O’s out of Delta and Grand Junction and fell hard, 23-6.
Culver said, however, the Dawgs were pleased with the final results.
A team named Mediocre ended up winning the overall tournament. The team was comprised of college baseball players from Mesa State in Grand Junction.