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Pitcher leads Storm

Strong arm shuts down Bulldogs

— Alex Estes had a day he will never forget.

The wiry Northwest Colorado Storm pitcher shut down the Missouri NKCA Bulldogs on Friday, giving up only two runs while pitching a complete game in the local youth team’s 7-2 win.

“I’ve never seen him pitch like that before,” Storm coach Drew Harris said. “That was his day.”

Estes coupled his velocity with pinpoint control to keep the Bulldogs off guard. He also got some solid defense behind him, something that had been missing from the Storm team throughout this week’s Triple Crown Sports youth baseball tournament.

In its first game yesterday, the Storm had a 2-0 lead after three innings against Idaho’s Treasure Valley Mavericks. The Storm was then plagued by a series of errors.

“In the fourth inning we just started giving them up,” Harris said about his team’s 9-3 loss Thursday. “We should have won, we just kept making errors.”

The same held true in the team’s second game Thursday. The Storm was leading 5-2 after three innings when another fourth-inning lapse spelled doom. The New Mexico Cobras scored 15 runs that inning, and the game ended 23-7 after five innings.

Friday, however, was a different story.

“Today was a total team effort,” Harris said. “We’ve got the talent, and a lot of times they just space out and make errors. But today they made all the plays.”

The offense also produced, scoring two runs in the second, fourth and fifth innings. Led by Cody Miles’ two singles and 3 RBIs, the storm offense produced in big spots.

“We got our confidence back,” Miles said. “After today, we feel a lot better about ourselves.”

For Estes, the game proved to be especially sweet. He said it was one of the best games he’s ever pitched.

“I was throwing hard and got in a groove,” he said after striking out nine and walking none. “It seemed like I was hitting my spots. Today was a lot funner because we were hitting and didn’t have as many errors.”

The Storm played the Colorado Wildcats at 9 p.m. Friday night. Results were unavailable at press time.

–o reach Luke Graham, call 871-4299 or e-mail lgraham@steamboatpilot.com

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