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Steamboat squad advancing in Triple Crown

Steamboat Pilot & Today

— So far, so good for the Northwest Colorado Storm 14U team in the Triple Crown World Series this weekend in Steamboat Springs.

Turns out that’s actually a major statement.

The Steamboat-based squad has won its last two games in the double-elimination tournament.

“We’ve never had a 14U team even win a game in the World Series,” coach Jim Hansen said. “Now, we’ve won two. I’m very proud of the boys.”

The team started the weekend by dropping the first two games in the round robin stage, but it won its third game there, 14-4, against the Triple Creek Academy Twins-Hales out of Mesquite, Texas.

Friday, the team made it a winning streak by beating another Texas squad, TXBN-Red, in the first game of the playoff round. The storm won, 9-6.

The formula for that success was as basic as it gets.

“It was good pitching,” Hansen said, “and timely hitting.”

Now, the squad has advanced to within one game of the championship round. It will play in the semifinals at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Simillion Field at the base of Howelsen Hill in downtown Steamboat Springs.

It will play the Tarrant County Patriots from, of course, Texas.

Win or lose, the Storm will play again in the double-elimination format. A loss will have them playing again at 5 p.m. Saturday on the same field.

A win, on the other hand, would send them to a 7:30 a.m. game Sunday on Vanatta Field, also at the Howelsen complex.

“It’s unbelievable,” Hansen said. “This team really came together. We’ve played in six or seven tournaments this year, so we have some good reps in, and that’s showing on the field.

“This is huge for youth baseball here in Steamboat.”

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253, email or follow him on Twitter @JReich9

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