Summit Extreme squads impress at tourney in Littleton
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While snow fell on their home fields on Saturday – ensuring them at least another week of not practicing in Summit County – three Summit Extreme youth baseball squads combined to pick up four wins in the Diamond Classic Tournament in Littleton.
“To win four games in a weekend is a big deal,” said Bill Falcone, a founder of Summit Extreme and coach of one of the program’s 13-and-under teams.
It was Falcone’s squad that helped pick up two of the wins for the Summit teams, with the program’s other 13-and-under team and an 11-and-under squad each winning a game apiece in the highly competitive tournament.
Each team played at least two games Saturday, and both U-13 teams played three.
Falcone’s team started the tournament with a dominating 22-8 victory. Summit’s Brandon Galvan went 3-for-3 in the game with three doubles and a whopping seven RBI. Teammate Koby Bishop also went
3-for-3 in the game; Camden Lawhead – who was also the winning pitcher – had two triples and three RBI; Jake Latta earned the save and had a double and a single; and Luke Egging picked up a pair of singles and three RBI.
Game 2 was a much bigger test for the Extreme. Playing what Falcone considered to be the best team in the tourney, the Boulder Bison Gold, Summit fell behind 4-0 in the first inning. The Extreme’s bats eventually woke up, though, and the team rallied to take an 8-4 lead heading into the sixth – only to lose the lead and head into the final inning with a tie score. But, after singles from Bishop and Thomas DeBonnveille and an intentional walk to Lawhead, the Extreme had the bases loaded when Ryan Jeep hit a walk-off single to give Summit the 9-8 win and a spot in the championship game.
After such a tough semifinal matchup, the Extreme gave up four hits and eight runs in the first inning of the title tilt. Summit would fight back and outscore the Cheyenne Mountain Indians 9-4 the rest of the way, but it wasn’t enough. DeBonnveille had an inside-the-park homer and two singles in the game, while Andy Falcone had a single and two walks.
“That first inning was just too much to overcome,” Falcone said. “If we play the Indians again, I am quite certain there will be a different ending to the story.”
The Indians also beat the Extreme’s other U-13 squad in the tournament’s first round. The Summit squad rebounded to win its next game over the Longmont Twisters 15-3. With the win, the team advanced to the consolation finals but fell 14-2 to a squad from Parker.
Drew Williamson pitched a strong tournament, and Storm Walker had a home run and two triples in the three games for Summit.
The Summit U-11 squad also had a solid day on Saturday.
First, Summit lost a heart-breaker to the Denver Power. But, the Extreme dominated its second game.
After falling behind 3-0 in the top of the first inning, Summit went on a tear. Eli McCormick, George Richard, and Jake Willemson all had doubles in the game, while Andrew Shaw had a triple. Ally Bierbaum also had a hit for Summit.
In the end, it all added up to an 18-6 win.
“Every kid on the team contributed with this win,” head coach Karl Bierbaum said via
e-mail. “We gave away only one at-bat out of 31. They were all up there swinging and connecting. This is fun.”
Summit also had U-12 and U-10 teams compete in the tournament.
Falcone said the early results this spring have shown how hard the kids have been working in the past year.
“The experience tournament baseball had provided to these kids is really paying dividends to the local baseball program,” Falcone said.
Summit Extreme is a youth sports organization that gives kids detailed coaching and instruction while offering the opportunity to participate in a number of tournaments.
Bryce Evans can be reached at (970) 668-4634 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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