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Summit Extreme rolling into big season

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Summit County, Colorado

The way Bill Falcone sees it, if anyone feels Summit County doesn’t have any interest in baseball, they simply haven’t been paying attention.

Falcone is the co-founder of Summit Extreme Baseball, a youth program that gives local kids the chance to play in highly competitive tournaments in the Front Range each spring and fall, while receiving detailed instruction and coaching.

Although the program started modestly a few years ago with just a couple teams playing a handful of tournaments, Summit Extreme has grown immensely in the last two years.

This spring Summit Extreme will have six different teams playing a tournament schedule, up from just three a year ago.

“There are a lot of kids up here who just like playing baseball,” Falcone said. “It’s nice to see so many doing this.”

The program has a 10-year-old, 11-year-old, 12-year-old and 14-year-old team, in addition to two 13-year-old squads.

Despite not having a field in the county to practice on, the teams have been getting some time on the diamond by driving to Denver’s City Park for Sunday practices. The teams have also been borrowing gym space whenever its available.

Two of the teams play in tournaments this weekend.

The 11-year-old squad will be in a Denver tourney, while one of the 13-year-old teams traveled to Phoenix Wednesday for the Triple Crown Spring Championships. The Triple Crown is held in accordance with the Major League Baseball spring training.

The Summit team, which is coached by Falcone, was in attendance Thursday when the Colorado Rockies took on the Seattle Mariners. After the Big League game, the Extreme squad had a doubleheader, on the MLB field, against teams from Texas and Arizona.

“This tournament has some of the best teams in the country,” Falcone said, noting that for his team, the goal isn’t to be turning out a bunch of wins. “We just want to make the best of it and get the guys some experience against their age’s best of the best.”

Summit’s guaranteed five games in the tournament. There are four games of round-robin play, before the teams are seeded into a single-elimination playoff bracket.

Overall, the tournament is simply a chance for the kids to get an extra chance at improving, Falcone said, not to mention catching an MLB game.

Falcone said it’s an exciting start to a promising spring.

After all, with more than 70 kids playing this spring, it seems pretty obvious: Summit County loves its baseball.

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