Summit Extreme win 2 opening games at Triple Crown tournament |

Summit Extreme win 2 opening games at Triple Crown tournament

Luke Graham

Ryan Jeep runs toward home plate during Friday's game against Lakewood at Howelsen Hill. Summit Extreme is now 2-0 in the Triple Crown Mountain Magic tournament.
Matt Stensland

Koby Bishop throws a pitch during Friday's game against Lakewood.Matt Stensland

— There's something to be said about the difficulties of baseball in mountain areas like Steamboat Springs and Summit County.

But baseball in its purest form is pretty darn simple, and when you get a group together like the Summit Extreme 13-and-younger team, evidence emerges that baseball can be successful in mountain communities.

The Extreme, a group of Steamboat and Summit players that have played more than 50 games this year in multiple tournaments, won its opening two games Friday in the Triple Crown Mountain Magic tournament, putting the team in a great position to get out of pool play today as one of the top seeds.

Summit beat Broomfield, 9-3, and Lakewood, 8-5, after falling behind early in each game.

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Against Broomfield, Summit fell behind, 3-0, early before a three-run triple by Jesse Pugh brought the Extreme back.

From there, the bullpen did its work. Ben Hull and Ryan Jeep each threw two scoreless innings to get the win.

"Everyone feels we can get behind and battle back," manager Tim Bishop said. "We've won games multiple times in the last inning. I think part of that is how many games we've played this year."

In the second game against Lakewood — a team that plays in a division above the one Summit normally plays in — the Extreme fell behind, 2-0, after one inning.

But in the top of the second, Summit scratched out six runs on one hit and got helped with six walks by Lakewood.

"This is a pretty patient team," said Camden Lawhead, who opened the second with a walk and eventually scored. "We know the zone. Coming into that inning, I knew something was going to happen."

Lakewood cut it to 6-4 in the third before RBI hits by Koby Bishop and Jake Latta put Summit up 8-4.

The Extreme got out of jams in the fourth and fifth innings. In each frame, Lakewood had runners on second and third with two outs. But in each instance Summit ended the innings on strikeouts, one from Hull in the fourth and Jeep in the fifth.

"I'm just really proud of these guys," Tim Bishop said. "It's fun to watch good baseball. It's fun to coach it, too."

The team plays at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. today in Hayden. If Summit wins both games, it will be the No. 1 seed heading to Sunday's finals, the new goal of the tournament.

"We want to win the championship game," Koby Bishop said. "We want to go 4-0 and get the top seed."