Summit Cable upsets Ski Country in Premier League finals |

Summit Cable upsets Ski Country in Premier League finals

Devon O'Neil

After winning only one of five softball games against archrival Ski Country Antiques/Hit This during this summer’s Men’s Premier League regular season, perennial near-miss Summit Cable beat the four-time-defending regular season champs in two straight games Sunday to take top honors in the best-of-three series that closed out the premier league’s postseason tournament.Second-seeded Summit Cable won the first game 20-15 and finished up with a 17-16 squeaker over the top seed in Game 2. The unexpected sweep brought to an end years of frustration for Summit Cable, whose players had proven themselves superior against every team except Ski Country. Before the series began, Ski Country shortstop Tim Cron, seemingly speaking for both sides, said he thought Summit Cable was “tired of being the second best team in the county.”The premier league finale highlighted an action-packed weekend of postseason softball play; all five tournaments had crowned champions by Sunday.In the round-robin Men’s A tournament, favored Winter Park Express came back from a first-round loss to Murphy’s to win the overall title with a 3-1 record and 64 runs scored. The Goat was second; Quandary Grille was third.Snake River Saloon went 5-0 in the hotly contested, double-elimination Men’s B bracket, which included 22 teams and took two full days to complete. Alpine Bank/Breckenridge Building Center came up just short to take second, after playing five straight games on Sunday afternoon with only a few minutes in between each game. Kenosha Steakhouse was third.In Coed A/B play on Sunday, Kickapoo Tavern “double-dipped” (a softball term that means they beat them twice in a row) Fatty’s to win the tourney title after Fatty’s had sent Kickapoo to the loser’s bracket earlier in the tournament. The two wins made Kickapoo the A division champs.Mountain Home Landscaping/Eric’s was the top Coed B finisher, and Eslich Trucking was second among B teams.Copper Gone Wild emerged as the Coed C champs, completing a similar late-tournament run to that of Kickapoo Tavern. The Wild bunch double-dipped A Racer’s Edge on Saturday after the Edge beat them Friday in the second round and forced them to play from the loser’s bracket.Although many who competed over the weekend went home tired and sore, ironman honors went to Jon Bevans. Bevans played a total of 15 games with three different teams – Kickapoo, the Woz Bobs and Ski Country.Summarizing the weekend full of games, Summit County Softball director Steve Wilkins said, “It was just awesome. Big weekend, nonstop action. That’s what it’s about.”

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