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Steamboat Springs Little League regular season sliding home

Little League will include extended play for 1st time this year

The Red Sox posted the best record in the major league division of the Steamboat Springs Little League at 11-2. The team was coached by Shawn Sullivan, David Reese, Phil Pagliaro and Brian Kratz. Players were Sean Patten, Max Volmer, Cannon Reese, David Brown, Nick Pagliaro, John Zalesky, Bryce Sullivan, Zephyr Lacey, Nolan Sankey, Ethan Cosgrove, David Cropper and Lance Andrews (not pictured).

— For the second straight year, the Red Sox have posted the best regular-season record for the Steamboat Springs Little League. The team went 11-2 to capture the major league division crown.

The Red Sox celebrated the accomplishment last Thursday at Emerald Park after securing the title. The Marlins finished the season at 9-4 to place second in the four-team major league division, which is made up of 11- and 12-year-old players.

Steamboat's brief Little League season began May 25 and runs through this week when the minor league division, for players ages 9 and 10, will wrap up play.

That division will finish playing tonight. The Pirates, coached by Cam Boyd and Chuck Armbruster, are at the top of the league with an 8-3-1 record. The Phillies, coached by Josh Miller, are in second at 8-4 with the Rockies in third at 7-4-1.

The final regular-season games are not expected to impact the top of the standings.

Once those games are completed, the Steamboat Springs Little League will move into an extended season, which will be played during the next month. This is the first time the local Little League has had an extended season, which is designed to keep local players on the field.

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The format also allows the league's top players to commit to all-star teams that will play in the district and state tournament. Those teams also will have an opportunity to continue to move up the Little League ladder with the goal of advancing to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.

Steamboat Springs Little League President Kat Kelly said the extended season includes one game a week for all players in the league. However, it will not impact teams who are missing players because of all-star play.

At the end of July, the local Little League will host and end-of-season tournament for all the local teams in the major and minor leagues. At that time, the squads will be back to full strength, and the district and state tournaments should be completed.

— To reach John F. Russell call 871-4209 or e-mail

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