July 16, 2012
Tommy Baker, a player for the Moffat County Cutthroats, follows a ball he hit during practice earlier this month. Baker and the Cutthroats competed at the Triple Crown Baseball Colorado State Championships over the weekend, but went 0-4 in group play.
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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.”