Summit Extreme U-13 continues to roll
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With the tying run at the plate, the Summit Extreme U-13 baseball squad was one out away from winning a second tournament title in as many weekends. Summit’s Ryan Jeep was on to close, and the Eaton Reds’ hitter drilled one into right field for what looked to be an easy single.
Then, out of nowhere, Summit right fielder Koby Bishop made a hard charge on the ball, snagging it after it dropped over the infield. Popping back up, he then gunned out the player at first base.
And before the heavily favored Reds knew what hit them, the Extreme charged the field in celebration of their second straight tournament title, this one coming on Mother’s Day.
“We have shown we can win by swinging the bats and scoring a lot of runs, but this tournament really put more pressure on our pitching and our defense,” Summit coach Bill Falcone said.
Summit went 5-0 on the week and has now won 10 straight tournament games, helping them to hold the top 13U AA ranking in the state.
The Extreme started the tourney with a 9-5 clubbing of the Colorado Mountain Rampage, a team that went 33-5 last summer. Jeep struck out the Rampage’s clean-up hitter with the bases loaded for the final out. Starting pitcher Ben Hull got the win.
Summit then won a 5-3 nail-biter over the Colorado Cougars, before topping the Highlands Ranch Dynamite 14-0.
The Extreme faced the Dynamite again in the semifinals, this time winning 20-4.
Then came the thrilling final.
Both teams were scoreless through the first two innings, but Summit busted the game open with a three-run effort in the top of the third. Thomas DeBonville, Jake Latta and Bishop all had hits that brought in runs.
The Extreme then went on to close out the title.
For the weekend, DeBonville went 11-15 from the plate with six RBIs and eight stolen bases. He also hit a home run on his first at-bat of the tourney.
Latta wasn’t far off his teammate’s pace at the plate, going 9-24 with six RBIs and four stolen bases.
Jeep finished the weekend 6-12 with four RBIs and one near miss on a home run.
“Ryan Jeep had everyone on their feet holding their breath in the semifinal game, as he went deep on a ball destined to go over the 310-foot center field fence,” Falcone said. “The wind blew it slightly back causing it to land on the top bar of the fence and bounce back into the field of play.”
Jeep also had three saves on the weekend over 4 1/3 innings.
Andy Falcone was 6-10 in the tournament with three walks and two RBIs. He was also the only player with two hits in the title game.
Spencer Peterson finished the weekend 7-13 with two RBIs and Jesse Pugh was 4-8 with three RBIs.
The Extreme (12-1) will defend their top ranking again this weekend with another tournament down on the Front Range.
The U-13 team wasn’t the only Summit squad racking up wins at the Mother’s Day Tournament. Both the U-10 and U-11 teams were able to get two win in their respective divisions.
The U-10 team – after losing its first game of the tourney 20-9 to Cherry Hills – fought back with wins over Bear Creek 32-2 and 10-4 to make it to the tournament finals.
In a rematch with the Cherry Hills squad, the Extreme lost a barn burner 18-17.
The team was lead in part by Max Hess (two triples, a single and stole home twice), Cameron Woodland (threw three strikeouts in the first inning of Game 1), Bronson Fiore (single, stole home twice), Colby Webster (four singles, stole home), James Crone (seven singles, stole home three times), Michael Steadman (double, two singles), Dalton Mutz (three singles, one double), Aidan Casias (caught two fly balls and had a double play with James Crone), Dylan Lane (stole home, a double and three singles), Turner McDonald (home run, two singles, double and triple), Tyler Horii (four singles, double, stole home) and Brendan Collins (double, single, stole home).
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