Area team earns World Series berth
Not bad for a rookie.
The Valley All-Stars, made up of players from the Three Rivers Little League, was the only area team to earn a berth to the U10 Triple Crown World Series in Steamboat Springs, finishing third in this weekend’s qualifying tournament held on area fields from Glenwood to Basalt.
It was the first time the 11-person team of 9- and 10-year old players from Glenwood, Carbondale and Basalt has participated in a Triple Crown event.
The All-Stars earned the World Series slot by finishing third in the five-team tournament held at Vogelaar Park. The U10 division World Series is scheduled to be held on Aug. 3-8.
After losing its opening game to the eventual U10 tournament champion, the Columbine Rebels from Littleton, 20-6 on Saturday, the local team won its next two games, both against the Delta Sidewinders, to clinch third place.
In the team’s final pool play contest, also on Saturday, the All-Stars posted a 20-0 shutout on Delta. The team then shut out the Sidewinders for a second time, 15-0, on Sunday.
The All-Stars were eliminated from the tournament by the Rebels, 12-3, in a semifinal game. The Rebels defeated another Littleton-based team ” the Columbine Bulldogs ” 13-0 in the championship game.
In other Triple Crown division tournaments held this weekend, the B.U. Bombers from Highlands Ranch downed the Colorado Stingers of Aurora, 9-5, for the U11 championship.
The Colorado Springs Bombers took the U12 division crown with a 7-2 championship game victory over the Pueblo Dirt Bags. Area representative Roaring Fork lost all three of its tournament games.
The Chatfield Hawks from Littleton captured the U13 title by edging the Highlands Ranch Colorado Bulldogs 7-5 on Sunday.
Two Littleton teams ” the Centennial Lightning and Centennial Rattlers ” squared off in the U14 championship game.
The Lightning earned a 5-4, extra-inning win after seeing the Rattlers battle back to a 4-all tie in regulation.
The Roaring Fork All-Stars of Carbondale exited tournament play after suffering a 14-4 first-round playoff loss to the Wheatridge Heat.
The Chatfield Cougars blazed to the U16 championship by winning five tournament games, including three wins in the single-elimination playoffs.
Chatfield defeated the Aurora Cougars 5-4 in extra innings.
Area team Glenwood Springs went 1-2 in the tournament. The Demons defeated the Bayfield Toros 11-5 in pool play on Friday, then fell out of the tournament with a 2-1 loss to the division champion Aurora Cougars.
The division champion, runner-up and the third-place team from each of the six tournaments held this weekend earned World Series berths.
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