Tight games in tournament for Summit American Legion baseball
The Summit Tigers American Legion Baseball B Team (18 and under) took its 6-3 record to Green River, Wyo., for an 18U tournament last weekend. It completed the tournament with a 3-2 record, finishing fourth of 10 teams from Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. All five games were decided in the closing innings with some exciting finishes and great team efforts.
Summit lost a tight opening game to Steamboat Springs. The Tigers managed to tie the game in the seventh when a sacrifice fly by Andy Falcone brought Luke Egging home. Steamboat ended up winning the game on a crushing RBI walk.
The Tigers battled back in their next game with a 7-5 victory against Rawlins, Wyo. ,capped by a two-run walk-off home run by Riley Robbins. Mitch Gray got the win for the Tigers with Anton Barlow coming on in relief.
The team took its next game to extra innings to get a win in the eighth against Lovell, Wyo. Falcone and Mack Stuhr kicked off the eighth inning rally with back-to-back singles. After a walk by Andrew Pellerito, Robbins and Egging brought in Falcone and Stuhr with sacrifice flies to center and left field, for an 8-6 lead going into the bottom of the eighth. Robbins then had a one-two-three inning to hold on for the win.
Summit upset a heavily favored hometown Green Mountain team in its fourth game. Green Mountain had 10-runned its previous two opponents. The Tigers won with a come-from-behind 7-6 victory.
In a third-place playoff on the final day of competition, Summit again went into extra innings, but fell to Price City, Utah, 12-11. Mitch Gray took the loss for the Tigers, with Stuhr, and Barlow coming in for relief. After Summit took a 5-1 first inning lead, Price City came back with a six-run third inning. It took an 11-7 lead going into the seventh inning. Summit managed to tie the game in the seventh, but the Tigers’ pitching was unable to hold off Price City in the eighth.
The Legion B team will takes its 9-5 season record into a tournament action in Aurora this weekend, as it enters the middle of its season. The team will then host a number of home games at the Frisco peninsula field in July, before playing in the state tournament at Kingdom Park in Breckenridge, later that month.
The Legion C Team (16 and younger) split four weekend games with Centarus and Jefferson Academy at Centarus High School to even its record at 3 and 3. It enters the busy part of its league schedule in the Denver Metro League, including 13 home games at the Frisco Peninsula field.
For more information, both teams can be followed on their website at http://www.stalb.org.
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