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Triple Crown Summer Nationals this weekend

Softball teams from all over the country to compete

— Teams from around the country will again come to Steamboat Springs this weekend hoping to earn a title.

But the players vying for these championships will be a little older than the ones visiting over the past month during the Triple Crown youth baseball World Series.

This weekend’s Tripe Crown event will feature adults from 82 slow-pitch softball teams who will begin arriving in Steamboat this week to take part in the Triple Crown Summer Slow Pitch Softball National Finals.

“It’s the grand finale of the summer series,” said Patty Harsch, national softball director for Triple Crown.

This summer Triple Crown has hosted 10 tournaments in Colorado and more than 75 others around the country. The top teams from those events earned the right to play in the finals.

Those teams will battle for titles in men’s B, men’s C, men’s D and men’s E. Titles will also be up for grabs in an upper and lower women’s division and a co-ed division.

The softball tournament will be the final Triple Crown event in Steamboat Springs this year, marking an end to a busy summer that included the Triple Crown World Series and several youth baseball qualifying events. Steamboat also hosted one of the biggest adult softball tournaments in the state over the Fourth of July holiday.

The softball finals will use all of the fields in Steamboat Springs along with several in Craig starting on Friday morning, The tournament will open with a skills challenge Thursday that will include long ball hitting, throwing and running contests.

Pool play will open Friday morning and play will continue through Sunday evening. The finals will be played at Howelsen Hill on Sunday with the championships games taking place on Adams Field.

Harsch is expecting teams from Georgia, New Mexico, Utah, Kansas, Ohio, Wyoming, Texas, California, Nebraska, South Dakota, Florida, Michigan, Nebraska, Washington State and Colorado to compete in the event.

Several teams from Steamboat Springs, including B&K Distributing, Steamboat Blue and the Ball Busters, are scheduled to play. JABT out of Craig will play in the men’s and co-ed divisions as well. Triple Crown holds the summer finals in Steamboat, the fall national finals in St. Augustine, Fla. and the spring nationals in Las Vegas, Nevada in March.

–To reach John F. Russell call 871-4209

or e-mail jrussell@steamboatpilot.com


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