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Summit County all-stars dominate in playoffs

BRYCE EVANS
summit daily news
summit county, CO Colorado

FRISCO ” The Summit County Minor All-star team dominated the first game of a best of three series with Grand County to move within one win of advancing to the Colorado state tournament.

The minors, made up of 9- and 10-year-old players from the Summit little league, pounded Grand County 27-6 in only four innings at Summit Middle School.

“I expected our kids to perform like we knew they could,” Summit head coach Karl Bierbaum said. “I knew that if we did that, we could do really well this weekend.”



Jack Anderson led the way for Summit with two crucial hits, including an early-inning home run.

Summit scored 13 runs in the top of the fourth and shutdown the Grand County offense in the bottom of the inning to end the game due to the little league “mercy rule,” where a game is forced to end if a team has more than a 10-run lead after the fourth inning or later.



“I think that our pitchers all pitched very well,” Bierbaum said, also noting that Eli McCormick had a stellar defensive game at second base.

Despite the overwhelming score, Bierbaum said that nothing in today’s 1 p.m. rematch is guaranteed.

“Hopefully it will be more of the same,” he said, “but they could come out and put up 27 on us, you know?”

The minor team will play again today at Summit Middle School.

10-11-year-olds

After two decisive victories over Grand County in Steamboat Springs this weekend, the Summit County 10-11-year-old all-stars will move on to the Colorado state tournament.

Summit County 10-runned Grand County in both Friday night’s match up and again Saturday afternoon.

“We really played great,” head coach Dave Newkirk said. “We had some outstanding pitching and everyone played very consistent.”

Summit’s Andy Falcone pitched a perfect game in Friday’s lopsided win.

“It really says a lot about Andy as a pitcher,” Newkirk said. “To go any game without giving up a hit or a walk, even in a blowout, is very impressive.”

Storm Walker pitched four string innings for Summit on Saturday, before the game ended because of the

10-run rule.

“Hitting was the one question mark coming into this weekend,” Newkirk said, “but we really smacked it around.”

The 10-11-year-old team will now compete in Denver in

two weeks.

Majors

Unfortunately, the Summit County major all-star team (11-12-year-olds) did not have the same type of success, dropping two straight games to host Steamboat

Springs to be eliminated in the District 3 Playoffs.

“We really kind of took two to the chin this weekend,” Summit assistant coach Scott Wilson said. “The boys played hard but they just got outplayed. Steamboat had a very good team.”

The team dropped Friday’s game 14-2 and lost 11-2

on Saturday.

“They were tough losses, but they weren’t as lopsided as the scores may look,” Wilson said.

Overall, Wilson said that his them played very consistently. Nic Berry, Nickowa Wright and Zeb Pierson all contributed solid efforts in Friday’s game. Creed Wilson pitched a complete game for Summit on Saturday.

Juniors

With two thrilling wins, the Summit County junior all-stars (12-13-year-olds) moved within one game of reaching the state tournament for the second straight year.

Playing at Middle Park High School in Granby, Summit County pulled out a close game with Grand County 12-10 on Friday. The junior-level squad then went on to pound Gilpin County 17-6, Saturday.

“We played pretty well,” head coach Tom Looby said. “The first game was just back and forth, and we came away with it in the last inning.”

Summit got strong performances, both on the pitcher’s mound and in the batter’s box, from Blaze Walker, Jason Looby and Tucker McCrerey. McCrerey pitched in both wins.

“Our players really came through for us,” Looby said.

They will play the winner of today’s match up between Grand and Gilpin County. Summit’s game will be played at 5 p.m. Monday.

Bryce Evans can be reached at (970) 668-4634 or at bevans@ summitdaily.com


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