Sunday was far from sunny for two local Triple Crown baseball teams.
The 12-and-under Tri-County Trojans and the 11-and-under Northwest Colorado Lynx were eliminated from bracket play in their first games. Both teams had gone undefeated in pool play and hoped to advance into the Mountain Magic championship games.
"It was disappointing for us because of how we'd been playing," Lynx coach Shane Camilletti said. "I think we got an eye opener."
The Lynx lost 8-4 to the Loveland Hawks in the semifinals of their bracket. The team made up of players from Hayden, Meeker, Steamboat Springs and Craig beat the Hawks in pool play, 7-4.
"We went in unprepared," Camilletti said. "The two best teams faced each other in the semifinals so that was too bad. Triple Crown said after this weekend they would change it so that wouldn't happen again."
The Lynx had gone through pool play with wins of 23-0, 19-1 and18-0 leaving Camilletti with the hypothesis that things came too easy before bracket play.
"We'd been beating everybody so bad we relaxed," he said. "I hope they learn from it."
The Trojans were a bit less disappointed because they didn't know what to expect going into the weekend.
"I think everybody was really happy with the way things went," team supporter Nancy Sadvar said. "The kids just didn't quite have their focus Sunday."
The Trojans finished fifth with a 4-1 record. The youngest team with a mix of local players was the Colorado Cutthroats. The 10-and-under Cutthroats earned their first win of the tournament with a 10-6 win against Cherry Creek in pool play. They finished 1-3.
"We came out strong against a couple of teams," coach Mark Nielsen said. "It was a good experience that set us up for this weekend." All three teams are competing in the Division 1 Mountain Magic tournament this weekend. Generally the D-I tournaments have higher-quality teams.