Craig All-Star teams take on Triple Crown

The baseball fields in Craig may be a little empty this weekend. Three All-Star youth baseball teams will be in Denver.

The 14&Under, 12&U and 10&U select teams from the Craig Youth Baseball League that will be competing in the Triple Crown Division II Colorado State Tournaments today through Sunday.

"We hope to go and support the other teams," said Shane Camilletti, the coach of the Northwest Colorado Lynx 10&U team. "What ever chance we get, we'll be looking for their games."

Camilletti's team has earned a birth to next weekend's regional Triple Crown tournament, so they didn't need to compete this weekend. But the coach said the team consisting of athletes from three towns becomes more comfortable with each other each time they play.

"Since the end of the regular season, we've been able to practice more," he said. "The guys seem to gel more each weekend."

The Lynx have finished second two times in the summer, including a runner-up finish in a tournament in Glenwood Springs against division one competition. They will have the chance to revenge their two losses in the Steamboat Springs tournament as the team that beat them, the Columbine Thunder, is scheduled to play in the tournament.

The team will try to earn its first top-tournament honors against six other teams.

The 14&U team will go in without any experience in Triple Crown together. Buddy Grinstead is the skipper and, despite the lack of experience, he said he felt his assembled team of Hayden and Craig players would perform well if they came in ready.

"They have to go in focused," he said. "It's hard to get them all on at the same time."

Just like the 10&U team, Grinstead's boys have an invitation to next weekend's regional in Fort Collins. According to the team's coach, the tournament needed some extra teams and they were given an invite.

"This is just another tournament for us," Grinstead said. "We get to keep playing so it won't determine

our future."

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