Steamboat Little League teams fall |

Steamboat Little League teams fall

Luke Graham

— It couldn’t have been more opposite of Saturday’s come-from-behind win for the Steamboat Springs 9- and 10-year-old Little League team on Sunday.

After scoring 11 runs in the final two innings against Boulder, Steamboat came out Sunday at the state tournament in Denver and looked flat.

“We faced a good team,” Steamboat coach Tim Bishop said after his team fell to Fruita, 15-0, “but we were horrendous.”

Whereas against Boulder, Steamboat was able to throw strikes and limit mistakes, Sunday proved to be the exact opposite.

Steamboat pitchers walked 10 batters on the day and the defense finished with four errors.

“Our pitchers weren’t throwing strikes and we weren’t hitting,” Bishop said. “We were very, very flat.”

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While Bishop gave Fruita credit for playing well, he called Steamboat’s play uninspired.

Steamboat now plays Boulder – the same team they beat Saturday – at 6 p.m. today. Bishop remained confident, but said it’s always hard to predict how players this young will bounce back from their first defeat of the season.

“They know they’re playing a team they can beat,” Bishop said.

Steamboat’s other team to advance to the state tournament – the 11-year-olds – ended up falling on some hard luck in losing to North Boulder, 15-0.

Steamboat ran into North Boulder’s staff ace and was three-hit.

“We ran into a buzz saw” Sunday, Steamboat coach Stace Toy said.

Toye, whose team outscored opponents, 52-3, in the district tournaments, said for some reason the Steamboat bats have gone cold.

“Really, we pitched fine and stayed in there with them for a while,” Toye said. “We lost because we didn’t hit. Our bats totally went cool.”

The loss ends the Steamboat 11-year-olds’ season.

Still, Toye said he’s pleased with the way the season went.

“You know we have a good core of talent at this age,” he said. “I expect us to come back and compete at districts. These guys are building a program and we’re not that far away.”