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Little League, take two

Teams to get second shot in tourney

— Even after disappointing losses last weekend in Grand Junction, several Steamboat Little League teams will get a second chance to take home a championship today.

All three divisions of the Little League — Minors, Majors and Juniors — will compete at Emerald Field, with all the championship games starting at 9 a.m.

Although in recent years the tournament has usually been double elimination, this year’s tournament has been made a single elimination tournament. Officials anticipated teams would advance further than they did at the state championships last weekend.

Still, coaches and players sounded excited about the opportunity to finish out the season on a high note.

“Everybody is ready to go and everybody is excited,” said Andy Hogrefe, head coach of the Junior Yankees.

Hogrefe, who had four players make the all-star team, said he doesn’t expect any letdown from any of players who took part in the all-star tournament.

“Even though they were on that all-star team, they were calling me when they got back and were ready to go,” he said

The Steamboat Little League tournament takes place later than the all-star tournament. In Denver, Little League teams start around April 1, but Steamboat teams generally don’t get started playing until all of the snow melts.

“Our season is always interrupted by all-stars,” Hogrefe said. “Our season is definitely shorter than others, but the kids still have fun.”

At the conclusion of the tournament today, there will be a barbecue and an awards ceremony for players, coaches and family members.

“This is just a fun league,” League President Trip Harr-elson said. “It’s just a bunch of volunteer dads and moms coaching. We’re going to grill out some food and give away some trophies and then our season is done.”

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