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Summit baseball squad captures District 3 title

DEVON O'NEILsummit daily news
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FRISCO – In a rarity for a Summit County baseball team at any level, the local Little League Junior all-star squad, comprised of 13- and 14-year-olds, dominated three games over the weekend to win the District 3 championship and advance to the state tournament later this month.Summit, the district tournament host – and, now, also the state tourney host – won its games by scores of 10-0, 19-5 and 14-3 against squads from Grand County and Gilpin/Rocky Mountain; each time, Summit was awarded the victory by virtue of the 10-run mercy rule.Head coach Tom Looby, who called the championship “a big deal in youth sports” for Summit County, due to the feat’s rarity, conceded that his team was hardly challenged over the three days.

“Yeah,” he said, “we did dominate. But I doubt that’ll be the case when we get to the state tournament because we’ll be facing much tougher competition.”In the regular season of the Junior League – which is a step above Little League and is the first time most youngsters have played on major league-size diamonds – Summit fielded two teams in a six-team league. Steamboat also fielded two, while Gilpin/Rocky and Grand County fielded one apiece.Summit then was able to cull its all-stars from the two local squads, and apparently there was plenty of available talent, both on the mound and at the plate.

Taylor Gillis tossed a shutout in the team’s first win over Grand, several pitchers combined to shut down Gilpin in the second game, and Blaze Walker got the victory in the title game Monday night at the Frisco Peninsula, also over Gilpin. The first two wins came at Kingdom Park in Breckenridge.At the plate, left fielder Bobby Ruddle went 4-for-4 in the title game, while catcher Tucker Limbruner (3-for-4), pitcher/shortstop/cleanup hitter Gillis (2-for-3) and third baseman Gordon Ferris (2-for-3) also provided a punch.Looby said Walker, Gillis and Limbruner were the team’s hottest hitters throughout the tournament, with each socking his share of extra-base hits.

“We celebrated” after Monday’s win, Looby said Tuesday. “The kids were really, really happy and excited and they felt like they accomplished something significant for the community – and themselves. We let them revel in it and we’ll get back to work tomorrow practicing for the state tournament.”Summit will host the four-team state tournament in Breck and Frisco on July 20-24.Devon O’Neil can be contacted at (970) 668-4633, or at doneil@summitdaily.com.


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