Black Diamonds left fielder Andrew Ryals makes a leaping catch at the fence during the Fourth of July doubleheader against the Steamboat Storm. Susan Gilmore / firstname.lastname@example.org |
The Summit Extreme Black Diamonds put in some work getting the Kingdom Park field in Breckenridge ready for Fourth of July baseball. Susan Gilmore / email@example.com |
Center fielder Cody Minnis goes over the fence trying to catch a homerun ball off the bat of the Eagle Valley Eagles in the first game on Saturday, June 24. Susan Gilmore / firstname.lastname@example.org |
The Black Diamonds infield gets into position during the first game of a doubleheader against the Eagle Valley Eagles on Saturday, June 24. Summit lost the game 3-14 on the ten-run rule. Susan Gilmore / email@example.com |
Summit outfileders look on while the Rangely Roughnecks warm up a pitcher during the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday, June 17. Susan Gilmore / firstname.lastname@example.org |
Catcher Gabe Trujillo awaits a warm-up pitch from Summit starter Ben Wiley between innings in the first game against the Grand Junction Rocky Mountain Oysters on Tuesday, June 13. Susan Gilmore / email@example.com |
Daniel Gunnerson (19) out of Couer D'Alene High School delivers to home in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday against the Rangely Roughnecks. Susan Gilmore / Sgilmore@summitdaily.com |
Cody Minnis (18) out of Valencia High School takes a swing during the bottom of the fifth inning in Saturday's first game against the Eagle Valley Eagles. Susan Gilmore / firstname.lastname@example.org |
First baseman Tyler Erne (15) gets set as Thomas Robinson (10) delivers to homeplate against the Rangely Roughnecks Saturday afternoon. Susan Gilmore / email@example.com |
Nate English (11) out of Big Bend Community College prepares for the pitch from the Eagle Valley Eagles while John Andrews (14) looks in from first. Susan Gilmore / firstname.lastname@example.org |
It wasn’t the ending the Black Diamonds were hoping for, but they were up against tough odds.
The team traveled to Parker to take on the GameDay Saints in the first round of the playoff tournament on Tuesday.
The Saints finished the season in second place in the Mountain West League with a 17-10 record so the Black Diamonds knew they would be facing a longshot to advance, and unfortunately the Saints closed the door early. The Saints scored two runs in the first two innings of the game, and never looked back, winning 16-6 over the Black Diamonds.
To make a tough week worse, the consolation game scheduled to take place in Breckenridge the next day was canceled due to rain, leaving the Black Diamonds without the chance for redemption.
As things draw to a close we take a look back at some of the highlights of the Black Diamonds’ season.
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