Ten hours down the road and two days removed from winning the Green River, Wyo., tournament the Craig American Legion B-Team entered a different level of baseball this week.
Playing in a Legion A tournament (Legion A allows college sophomores-to-be on the team) in Omaha, Neb., the Bulldogs finished 0-4.
"It was good for this team because it opened their eyes to how much further they can go," coach Bob Satterwhite said. "Some of the guys they played were at a different level."
The Bulldogs, who are mostly 17-year-olds, lost 8-3 against Bennington, Mo., in their first game Wednesday. In the first inning Bryan Richards hit a two-run home run, his second homer of the tournament. His shot was about the only offensive highlight for Craig. Richards now has 12 home runs during the Legion season.
Things didn't get better in Game 2, when a St. Joseph team shut them out 13-0.
"We were outclassed by an older, more experienced team," Satterwhite said.
In Thursday's lone game, the Bulldogs nearly earned their first win but fell to a fellow Colorado team 5-3.The Bulldogs are now 11-7 for the summer.
Between games, the Craig team watched Texas University earn a berth into the championship series of the College World Series by beating Baylor University. They also watched a college-age wood bat tournament.
"They're absorbing this stuff around them," Satterwhite said. "I think it's planting the seeds for the future."
Satterwhite said physically there wasn't much of a difference between his team and the college players. The difference was in patience and preparation.
"The batters are so much more patient," he said. "The pitchers throw strikes consistently and with control. They are more mature ball players."
The Craig C-Team, made of players 16-and-younger, started play Thursday but results weren't available by press time. They will continue in Omaha through Saturday.