Local youth baseball team wins state title
The Colorado River Knights, a team made up of players who attend Coal Ridge, Glenwood Springs and Roaring Fork high schools, won the Colorado Amateur Baseball Association under-14 state championship on Sunday, with a 5-4 victory over the Denver Pirates in Denver.
Davis Deaton started in the championship game on the mound for the Knights, remaining steady against a Pirates offense that scored 18 runs in their semifinal-round victory. Raymond Budd came on to pitch in the sixth inning and held the Pirates offense at bay, giving time for the Knights to claw back into the contest, in which they finally took control in the seventh inning.
The Knights played in six tournaments and some regular-season games, never finishing lower than second in any tournament. They went 10-1 in elimination games on their way to posting a 22-7-1 overall record.
Team members included Deaton and his brother Chris, and Tyler Dollahan, all of Glenwood Springs High School, Drew Broadhurst of Roaring Fork, and Budd, Andy Ostrom and Avery Newitt of Coal Ridge, who made up the team’s pitching staff. Newitt finished with a 6-0 pitching record.
The Knights’ offense averaged 9.4 runs per game against a runs-allowed average of 2.4 in the 2014 season.
Other players on the team included Morgan and Matt Jensen and Kolby Lord of Coal Ridge, Dylan Lee of Glenwood, and Roaring Fork’s Dawson Kuhl. Lord’s drag bunt in the tournament’s semifinals allowed Kuhl to score the game-winning run.
The Colorado River Knights’ coaching staff — Zane Newitt, Brian Budd and Chris Lee — has worked together for five years.
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