When Dylon Camilletti received the invitation to the Colorado Baseball Awards Banquet he was pretty excited. The only problem was that the event was a coat-and-tie affair and the 10-year-old didn't have one.
"We had to go out and buy a coat," he said. "But it was pretty cool to get to dress up and go to a big dinner."
The awards ceremony hosted by Triple Crown had more than 700 guests and was held at the Denver Merchandise Mart. The three-hour ceremony had awards for Team of the Year, Player of the Year, Coach of the Year and an All-Colorado Team.
Camilletti and his team, the Northwest Colorado Lynx, was one of 12 teams in the state to earn five nominations. A team received a nomination for every top-two finish it had in a Triple Crown Tournament this summer. The Lynx, comprised of players from Moffat, Routt and Rio Blanco counties, finished second in the Mountain Magic Tournament, second in the Glenwood Springs Tournament, won the Colorado State Championship for 10 and under in division two, finished second in the D-II regional championship and advanced to the winners bracket in the Triple Crown World Series, finishing ninth.
The five players who were named to the All-Colorado team were Camilletti, who played middle infield and batted .500 for the season. He also batted .625 in the state championships.
Graig Medvesk, from Hayden, was honored for his efforts on the mound as well as a .525 batting average. Medvesk earned three wins in the state tournament.
Ben Williams, from Hayden, was the team's catcher most of the time and played the role of closer at times. He hit .692 in the Glenwood tournament.
Ben Fulton, also from Hayden, played at first for the Lynx and was Mr. Clutch when it came to big hits for the season. He batted .625 at the state championship.
Trevor Matrisciano, a Meeker resident, played at second and batted .475 during the summer. He batted .684 to help the Lynx to second place in the Mountain Magic Tournament.
The All-Colorado Team honors went to the top two percent of the players in the state.
The five players were aware of their individual awards when they attended the ceremony but what they didn't know was that their team had been voted as the top Colorado team in division two for all age groups.
"We were really surprised," Camilletti said. "We were cheering and clapping when we heard it was us. It was probably our coolest trophy of the year."
Shane Camilletti, Dylon's dad and the team's coach, was pleased with the award.
"There are nine other age groups to choose from," he said. "But those guys had a really good summer and they deserved it."
Shane also was nominated for Coach of the Year
Dylon and many of his teammates will move up to the 11 and under age group next year.
"Most of the guys to get awards move up," he said. "Hopefully we can do just as well."
The sponsors who supported the Lynx in the summer were Mountain West Insurance, Bower Brothers Construction, Tri-State Equipment, Craig Lanes, Craig Fire & Safety, Twenty Mile Coal, McDonalds, MEW Farms and Doug Wood.
David Pressgrove can be reached at 824-7031 or email@example.com.