Steamboat’s Triple Crown Mountain Magic Softball Camp set to begin |

Steamboat’s Triple Crown Mountain Magic Softball Camp set to begin

Luke Graham

Triple Crown returns to Steamboat Springs on Monday with the Triple Crown Mountain Magic Softball Camp.

The camp for girls graduating from high school in 2010 through 2014 runs through Wednesday and features 18 fast-pitch college coaches from Colorado, Kansas, South Dakota, Arkansas, FlorĀ­ida and Nebraska. More than 80 softball players from across Colorado and surrounding states are expected to attend.

The camp at Howelsen Hill begins at 8 a.m. Monday and runs until 3 p.m. Wednesday. The format breaks the girls into teams and then they play games. There also will be skill stations.

On Tuesday, the Triple Crown tournament season gets under way with the first Mountain Magic A and B softball tournaments. Teams in eight divisions of play are expected to compete in a double elimination tournament. Games will be played at the Howelsen, Ski Town and Strawberry Park fields, as well as in Hayden. More than 40 teams are expected to make the trip.

"We have had success," said Alyson Morgenstern, the tournament and camp director. "Two years ago was the biggest year I've been a part of. There were 115 girls in the camp and 115 teams in the tournament. This year, we're slightly down, but we're hoping to bounce right back."

The softball events kick off a busy summer of Triple Crown baseball in Steamboat. The first baseball tournament will be the Mountain Magic Division 2 competition from June 18 to 20.

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There will be one more MounĀ­tain Magic tournament from June 25 to 27. The Triple Crown World Series begins July 20 with the first session. There are three Triple Crown World Series sessions which conclude Aug. 8.

The Fourth of July Mountain Magic slow-pitch softball tournament also returns July 3 through 5.