Summit Extreme keep rolling
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A long stretch of traveling finally wrapped up for the Summit Extreme U-13 baseball squad. The travel team made up of local players played in its third major tournament in less than two months last weekend in Steamboat Springs and continued to show why it has the No. 1 AA ranking in the state.
In the highly touted Steamboat Mountain Magic Tournament, the Extreme stormed through pool play, sweeping all four games on Friday and Saturday – the only team to do so in the tournament.
Only four teams advanced to the playoff portion, and a tournament rule gave Summit – which should have been the top seed – a tough-luck draw. Head coach Bill Falcone assumed his Extreme squad would being playing the fourth-seeded team in the semifinals, a team Summit had beaten easily in pool play. But in the Mountain Magic, no team can play another team from its pool in the next round. So, Summit wound up playing eventual tourney champ Westminster, which plays in a division two levels higher than the Extreme.
With a boisterous crowd backing the tourney’s lone mountain team, Summit started off with some exceptional defense. Jake Latta and Thomas DeBonnville held balls in the infield, and the Extreme trailed only 4-0 after three innings.
Luke Egging, Koby Bishop and DeBonnville all came up with some key hits, and Andy Falcone had a two-RBI single.
Unfortunately, those would be the team’s lone runs of the game, and Summit went on to lose 12-2.
Summit was awarded third place in the tourney.
“The way I look at it,” Falcone said, “(if not) for that odd rule we would have at least finished in second place and may have won it all.”
Still, Falcone couldn’t help but be pleased with his team’s performance, especially with the Colorado State Tournament coming up in two weeks in Denver.
“We are now beating AAA- and Major-level teams and expect to come back to the AA states and compete at a very high level,” the coach said.
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