Summit Extreme racks up wins
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Summit County, Colorado
After hitting his second home run of the tourney, Thomas DeBonnville crossed home plate in Sunday’s championship and was promptly mobbed by his teammates.
They had plenty to celebrate.
The late inning dinger not only gave the 13-and-under Summit Extreme squad a dominating 18-7 win over a strong Colorado Cougars team from Longmont, but also capped a 5-0 run to the South Jeffco Spring Blast title.
And if that’s not enough, the tourney win gave the Extreme an extremely high honor: the No. 1 ranking in Colorado.
“We have been on the cusp of accomplishing great things, and we are happy to bring home this championship to the mountains,” manager Bill Falcone said via
e-mail. “These boys have shown amazing desire and dedication to succeed. They love the sport, work very hard and just keep getting better each time they play.”
They showed that over the weekend, earning lopsided wins in each of their five games and highlighting a weekend in which four other Summit Extreme teams also performed well.
The U-13 squad started the tourney with 9-0 and 9-1 wins in pool play on Saturday, giving up only four hits and committing zero errors in the two games.
“For 13-year-olds to play that kind of defense is most impressive,” Falcone said. “The outfield did not have one error in the five games of this tournament.”
The team continued to roll Sunday, topping the Highlands Ranch Stealth 18-3 in the quarterfinals and the Parker Stampeded 9-1 in the semifinals.
Then, extra base hits from Jake Latta and Ben Hull, as well as DeBonnville’s home run, helped clinch the title tilt.
Summit had a number of players finish with gaudy stats from the five games.
DeBonnville finished the weekend 6-17 at the plate with two home runs, seven RBIs and seven stolen basses.
Latta went 7-18 with three RBIs; Camden Lawhead was 6-11 with six RBIs and a home run; Luke Egging was 5-8 with five walks; Jesse Pugh went 7-11; and Spencer Peterson batted 6-10.
Koby Bishop won two games from the mound for Summit, including the championship, and Andy Falcone had two saves.
Maybe the best performance of the weekend was from Ryan Jeep. Besides winning a game as a pitcher and finishing off the save in the title game, Jeep went an impressive 11-14 at the plate, knocking in nine runs.
The top-ranked (AA) U-13 squad is back in action this weekend at the Mother’s Day Tournament on the Front Range.
With the offense clicking on all cylinders on Saturday, the Extreme 14-and-under team outscored its opponents 17-7 in its two games.
The team had home runs from Asher Humphreys, Cutter Pasternak and Matt Reagan and some “switch-hitting prowess” from Dakota Connors, coach Mike Connors said.
“We are getting production from the entire lineup,” Connors added.
The pitching staff also produced in the games, allowing only two earned runs for the tournament. Parker Poage had a five-pitch third inning in the team’s opening game, forcing three ground-ball outs – with some defensive help from Cameron Bobb at third base.
Although a 4-3 loss in the second game to Ralston Valley prevented the Extreme from advancing on, the team’s 12-3 win over the Colorado Rage helped put its season record to 3-3 this spring.
Despite losing three times, the Summit 12-and-under squad put up some impressive numbers in the tourney.
Catcher Jack Anderson – who had a pair of tagouts at home plate – hit three inside-the-park home runs and also scored three additional runs.
Tony Finley led the team with seven stolen bases, while Like Nataro had five.
Tim Batchelder scored three runs and made a play from center field throwing out an opposing runner trying to advance from second to third. Robert Wilkenson – who had three hits on the day – made the tag.
“I am very proud of the way we played this weekend,” coach Buck Finley said. “We battled every step of the way. This team continues to work and show improvement every game.”
Summit Extreme 10-and-under team lost two close games 9-7 to the Southern Colorado Sluggers and 12-11 to the Cherry Hills Cardinals. Michael Steadman had a triple, Turner McDonald had a double, and Max Hess, James Crone, Cameron Woodland, Brendan Collins, Dalton Multz, Tyler Horli, Colby Webster, James Falcone, Bronson Flore and Aidan Casias also had hits. Catcher Dylan Lane had two tagouts at home on attempted steals.
The 11-and-under team finished second in the A Division after losing a close game to the Chatfield Bulldogs.
Bryce Evans can be reached at (970) 668-4634 or at email@example.com.
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