Craig Triple Crown team struggles in state championships
Results for the Moffat County Cutthroats during the weekend's Triple Crown Colorado State Championships:
• Game 1: 10-0L to Storm Baseball
• Game 2: 10-4L to Colorado Double Angels Red
• Game 3: 22-7L to Chatfield Chargers
• Game 4: 15-0L to Colorado Raptors
— The team went 0-4 and was outscored 57-11 over the weekend.
“We were in it every game in the first, second, third inning, and then (the opponents) would just get hot. Every game in the fourth or fifth inning they would score a bunch on us.”
— Mark Nielsen, Moffat County Cutthroats coach, speaking about his team at the Colorado State Championships
The Moffat County Cutthroats have faced disadvantages this season, like playing against older teams with full rosters.
During the Triple Crown Colorado State Championships in Longmont, the odds were too stacked to overcome.
The local team played in the 12-and-under Division 2 tournament, went 0-4 for the weekend, and was outscored 57-11.
Although the results look decidedly one way, coach Mark Nielsen saw positives to take away from the tournament. He said his team didn't play as poorly as the numbers suggest.
“It was definitely tough on the boys. The sad thing is the scores really don’t justify the way we played,” Nielsen said. “We were in it every game in the first, second, third inning, and then (the opponents) would just get hot. Every game in the fourth or fifth inning they would score a bunch on us.”
Against the Chatfield Chargers, one of the top teams in the state, the Cutthroats were down 8-7 after three innings.
In the fourth, Moffat County did not score in the top of the inning, but Chatfield tacked on 14 runs in its turn at the plate.
A 22-7 score ended the game on a mercy rule.
Nielsen said the Chatfield game was a good example of each game over the weekend.
Still, Nielsen said he's proud of his team.
“After the (Chatfield) game, their coach came over and said … 'You guys were right there in the game,'” he said. “I’m pleased with what we did.”
Moffat County has been helped this season by a positive attitude from players, another reason the team's in high spirits during practices. Players know there are still games to play.
“You could see on their faces they were just frustrated this weekend, but we got two more sportsmanship awards and played hard,” Nielsen said. “They understand we just have more work to do.”
The Cutthroats’ next and final tournament of the season will be July 27 and 28.
Nielsen is hoping to host the tournament at Loudy-Simpson Park, but said it may have to be played in Newcastle, depending on the number of teams.