Lynx unable to get a break in opener
The Northwest Colorado Lynx baseball team got off to a rough start for the summer.
The 12-year-old division team of players from Craig, Steamboat Springs, Hayden and Meeker opened up the summer at the Triple Crown Division I Memorial Day Classic in Loveland.
“We played like it was the first tournament of the year,” coach Shane Camilletti said. “We competed, but we didn’t get the breaks.”
A break the Lynx could have used in pool play was to get the final call of the game against Loveland in their favor. In the bottom of the seventh, a Loveland player ran over the Lynx’s catcher and jarred the ball loose for the winning run.
“Federation rules say a player has to slide,” Camilletti said.
Loveland went on to finish second in the tournament, and the next game, the Lynx suffered though an 18-0 loss to Arvada West.
“The loss was tough because we didn’t recover the next game,” Camilletti said.
In the other two games of pool play, the Lynx defeated Boulder, 12-7, and lost in the final inning to Highlands Ranch, 10-9. All three of those games were against teams that feed into Class 5A high schools.
“The level of competition was tough,” Camilletti said. “In Division One, every team you play is just as good or better than you.”
The Lynx, annual qualifiers for the Triple Crown World Series, didn’t make it out of pool play with their 1-3 record. Traditionally, they start out slow.
“We haven’t made it out of pool play in our first tournament the last three years,” Camilletti said. “The Arvada West team had already played 35 games, and we’ve now played four. We start out a bit behind.”
Next week, the Lynx travel to Grand Junction for a Triple Crown wood bat tournament.
David Pressgrove can be reached at 824-7031 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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