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Local squad wins two in World Series

— They didn't have to pack any trophy in their luggage for the trip home, but coach Jim Hansen said Steamboat's U12 baseball team got everything it wanted from a week in Park City at the Triple Crown World Series.

Playing last week, the squad won two games and went 2-4, capping a long season of baseball.

"Our goal was to win two games, and we succeeded in reaching our goal," Hansen said. "We could have easily won one or two more."

The team won once in pool play and then again after being seeded in a double-elimination tournament.

Winning at all is a step up for the squad, officially the Northwest Colorado Storm, after it didn't win any games at the World Series a year ago.

"The takeaway is that we belonged on the field against some of the best teams in the country," Hansen said. "This town's never seen that before, where we've got young kids playing at that level. It really was a team effort. Everyone stepped up."

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Next up for the squad? Nothing, and that's OK with the players and coaches.

Hansen said the team started its season in March and played more than 50 games this summer. It finished second in the Triple Crown Mountain Magic tournament in June in Steamboat Springs, earning the trip to the World Series, and there, it met its goals.

"We are excited for next year," Hansen said, "but we're ready for a baseball break."

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