Triple Crown Sports Tournament descends on Valley
The sound of aluminum bat meeting baseballs will resound throughout Glenwood Springs and Carbondale this weekend as youth baseball teams from Colorado and Utah converge on area ballfields.
The annual Triple Crown Sports Tournament starts play Friday morning at four different venues in the Roaring Fork Valley. Fifty youth baseball teams, ranging from 9 to 16 years old, will battle in six age-divided tournaments.
Three of those tournaments feature a local team.
A team from Rifle plays in the 11-and-under tournament. The remaining two teams, based in Carbondale and Glenwood Springs play in the 12U and 14U divisions, respectively.
All games in the 10-and-under tournament will be at Vogelaar Park in Glenwood Springs. The 11U and 12U tournaments are in Carbondale. Games are scheduled to be played at Roaring Fork High School, River Valley Ranch and North Face Park.
Tournament games for the 13U and 14U division will be held on the ballfields at Glenwood Springs Middle School and Two Rivers Park.
The U10 tournament involves eight teams. Seven of the teams in the division are from the Denver Metro area. The eighth team is from Durango. Pool play starts Friday at 8 a.m. The championship game, pitting the winners of Pool A and Pool B, is scheduled for 11:40 a.m. on Sunday.
Rifle opens pool play against the Littleton Renegades at 9:50 a.m., Friday morning at the North Face Field. Rifle plays a second game at 5:10 p.m. against the Golden, Colo., Gloves.
The tournament championship game will be played at North Face Park Sunday morning.
The Roaring Fork All-Stars begin 12U tournament play Friday morning against the Parker Reds at River Valley Ranch. The championship game and a third-place game between the semifinal losers are on Sunday, also at River Valley Ranch.
The 13U division tournament starts Friday at 8 a.m. at GSMS and Two Rivers. The championship game is Sunday at Two Rivers.
The first pitch of 14U tournament is scheduled for 10:05 a.m. at GSMS. Included in the eight-team field is the Dan Chicone managed Chico’s All-Stars, whose roster includes players from Glenwood, Carbondale and Basalt.
They open tournament play against the Grand Junction Tigers Friday at 2:15 p.m. The championship game is scheduled for Sunday afternoon at 12:10 p.m.
An abbreviated four-team 16U tournament begins round-robin play Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Roaring Fork High School. The championship game will be played at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
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The Roaring Fork High School baseball team was deadlocked with the visiting Gunnison Cowboys in Carbondale through the final three frames Tuesday, before falling 16-9 in nine innings.