Lynx out, but not down |

Lynx out, but not down

Coach, team take loss, elimination all in stride

The Northwest Colorado Storm's tournament also came to an end Saturday. After losing Friday night to the Colorado Wildcats, 15-5, the Storm played the Texas Blue Jays on Saturday in Craig. Coach Steve Watwood said the boys played their best game of the tournament in the 7-2 win. Despite having only two extra-base hits, the team played well defensively and pitched well. The Storm then played the Billings Montana Regulators. Despite being up 3-1 in the last inning, the Storm couldn't preserve the win, falling 4-3. Still, Watwood said the Triple Crown World Series should be considered a success for the Storm.

"We've had people from Steamboat tell us they don't remember a team doing so well in Triple Crown," he said. "This is the best team that we have fielded."

11-and-under: 2 p.m., Klumker field at Howelsen Hill

11-and-under, Division 2: noon, the south field at Ski Town Fields

13-and-under, Division 2: 1 p.m., Vanatta field at Howelsen Hill

14-and-under: 1 p.m., Adams field at Howelsen Hill

— The Northwest Colorado Lynx felt the momentum shifting as it headed into its playoff game Saturday morning against Utah’s South Jordan Renegades in the 13-and-under Division 2 bracket of the Triple Crown World Series.

A four-hit rally in the team’s Friday game had boosted the Lynx’s confidence. The team came back from a 7-1 deficit against the Missoula Outlaws but ultimately lost, 7-5. After losing its first four games, the Lynx hoped the Friday rally would carry over to Saturday’s game and help the team avoid elimination.

“(Friday) we were only inches away,” Lynx coach Shane Camilletti said. “We’re getting some good games here and seeing some good pitching, and we’re staying competitive.”

With Austin Sadvar pitching, the Lynx held the Renegades to a pair of runs through three innings Saturday morning at Howelsen Hill’s Simillion field.

But in the fourth inning, the Renegades started hitting the ball and never looked back, tallying eight runs. The game ended, 10-0, in the fifth inning because of the 10-run mercy rule.

After getting over the emotion of the loss, Sadvar looked at his team’s tournament experience in a positive light, particularly considering that his team — a conglomeration of Craig players with a few additions from Steamboat Springs, Meeker and Hayden — was formed eight hours before its first game last week.

“Overall, the games were pretty close, three- to four-run games,” Sadvar said. “I love baseball. It’s the only sport I do, so the more at bats and time on the field, the better.”

Sadvar’s father, Rich, who is one of the Lynx coaches, added that although the losses might frustrate the players, he only sees progress.

“A lot of these kids are younger than most of the other teams here,” Rich Sadvar said. “They’re close. This is promising for the future.”

— To reach Dave Shively, call 846-1129 or e-mail

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