Cutthroats battling in Triple Crown tournament |

Cutthroats battling in Triple Crown tournament

Nate Waggenspack
Brett Cook (right) of the Colorado Cutthroats 13-year-old team gets underneath a pop fly in shallow left field Friday at Loudy-Simpson Park.
Nate Waggenspack

Another set of Colorado Cutthroats is playing in the Triple Crown World Series this weekend, and although they have turned up difficult results so far, they are not discouraged by what has happened.

The 13-year-old team lost Friday morning to fall to 0-4 in the Division II tournament being hosted in Steamboat, with games taking place there and in Oak Creek, Hayden and Craig. Yet going against 35 other more experienced, more seasoned baseball teams from Colorado and other states meant it always was going to be tough sledding.

But the team’s coach, Mark Nielsen, is not bothered by the results so far.

“Sometimes it is a little discouraging, not being able to get a win, but we’re better than these results look,” Nielsen said. “That’s all a part of the growing pains in baseball.”

The Cutthroats were up against the Missoula Titans on Friday at Loudy-Simpson Park. While the World Series marked the 23rd tournament of the year for the Titans, it was just the 21st game the team from Craig played.

“They play really well, we just need to avoid the one inning with big errors, where we give up bases and lots of runs,” Nielsen said. “The final scores we see are always looking worse than the game was.”

The Cutthroats struggled at the plate Friday morning, losing 19-0.

It hasn’t been all blowouts, however. On Thursday the Cutthroats played two games in Oak Creek and held a lead midway through both. But a poor inning in the first game spelled trouble, and a rain delay in the second took the team out of its rhythm.

“That’s the thing, we’ve been up in seven or eight games this year, but lost it on errors,” said assistant coach Ivan Nielsen. “That’s the kind of thing that comes from more practice.”

The Cutthroats have another chance to advance through the consolation bracket beginning Saturday. They play at 8:30 a.m. at West Field in Hayden.

Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 970-875-1795 or

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