Elk Run Inn completes undefeated season

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Elk Run Inn completed an undefeated season with one last victory and one last complete game by pitcher Brett Loyd.

In the Craig Parks and Recreation 11- to 12-year-old end-of-season tournament, Elk Run Inn played Peroulis Brothers in the championship game Friday night at Woodbury Sports Complex.

Elk Run Inn’s strong defense was able to shut out Peroulis Brothers for a 12-0 victory.

Loyd, 13, said he was confident going into the game.

“I don’t let myself get nervous,” he said. “I look at the strike zone and throw to the mitt.”

Jason England, 11, who was able to score during the Elk Run’s six-run fifth inning, said the team’s offense contributed to the team’s victory.

“It felt great finishing the season as the champs,” he said. “I was able to get my first slide into home plate today that scored us a run.”

Elk Run Inn coach Brent Nations said when he and assistant coach Vaughn Ahlstrom were able to get the team to listen, they were capable of playing great baseball.

“We tried to stress to them all season that if they tried, even if they didn’t succeed, they would be fine,” Nations said.

Nations said the undefeated season was a tribute to the team, especially after improvements in batting, pitching and the team’s hustle.

“I think they had a lot of fun this season,” he said. “Nobody likes to lose, and I think the kids thought about that every game.”

Elk Run Inn started the first round of the tournament as the No. 1 seed and beet Rangely in the first game, 14-2.

In the championship bracket, Elk Run Inn narrowly escaped Meeker, 3-2.

In the other first round game, Peroulis Brothers lost a close game, 12-9.

Because the tournament was a double elimination, Peroulis Brothers dropped to the consolation bracket and beat Hayden, 19-4.

Peroulis Brothers then took on Rangely and were able to walk away the winners, 8-4.

To earn a place in the championship game against Elk Run Inn, Peroulis Brothers once again had to face Meeker and were able to score runs in extra innings to win, 15-9.

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