Area teams have rough day at Triple Crown tourney |

Area teams have rough day at Triple Crown tourney

Of the 49 youth baseball teams entered in this weekend’s Triple Crown Tournament, six will be crowned as division champions this afternoon.

Unfortunately, none of this year’s tournament champs are from the area.

The tournament’s second day of action was unfriendly to all three local teams involved in games on Saturday.

Each one wsd on the wrong side of one-sided routs which eliminated all three teams from advancing into today’s playoff contests.

Rifle started strong in the U12 division on Friday at River Valley Ranch in Carbondale with a tournament-opening 12-3 win over the Lincoln (Neb.) Sox. The team was unable to maintain its momentum on day two.

The Colorado Sox from Arvada fashioned a 18-4 victory Saturday morning. Another Denver area team – The Front Range Bombers of Thornton – hammered out a 20-10 win later that afternoon.

In the afternoon game, Rifle spotted the Bombers a 12-run lead in the opening half of the first inning.

The locals chipped away, reducing the deficit to six in the bottom of the inning by scoring five times in the first, but, couldn’t get any closer.

Matt Seaver and Tyler Leuallen had five of Rifle’s six hits with an RBI each against the Bombers.

Rifle concluded tournament play with a 1-2 win-loss record.

Over at Two Rivers Park in Glenwood, the Valley Bandits, the area representative in the U13 tournament, had a different set of problems to deal with.

After Friday’s 14-0 loss to the Colorado Lightning from Centennial, the Bandits roster was decimated by injuries and other commitments.

The Bandits had just eight players available for Saturday’s match with the Longmont Cardinals.

And after a rough start, the Rifle-based team put up a good fight.

Down by eight after two innings, the Bandits struck back with four runs in the third.

Tyler Jensen and Asa Fix knocked in Zack Whitmore and Scott Rust, who got on base on Cardinal errors, with timely base hits.

Longmont scored seven times in the final two innings for a 15-4 win.

The 0-2 Bandits face the Bear Creek Timberwolves at Two Rivers this morning at 8 a.m.

An amalgamated team of Rifle, Glenwood, Carbondale and Basalt players was taking its lumps in the U16 tournament on Saturday at Roaring Fork High School.

The valleywide team absorbed a 22-3 loss to the Cheyenne (Wyo.) Sox in its tournament opener and were shut out, 25-0, by a team consisting of Chatfield High School students from Littleton.

Roaring Fork wraps up tournament play at 10:15 a.m. this morning against winless Eagle Valley.

Championship games will be held at six different ballfields in Glenwood Springs and Carbondale this afternoon.

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