The Cascade Crush 14U baseball team continued its win streak at the Triple Crown World Series on Friday, July 24, in Steamboat Springs, Colo. After finishing 3-0 in pool play the first two days, the Crush won their first two games of bracket play Friday.
They first defeated the Northwest Bandits 9-5 before topping City BBC 8-4 in the afternoon game. Both teams had previously beaten the Crush in prior tournaments, prompting the team to call it a “day of redemption,” assistant coach Kevin Bolt said in a phone interview.
“We’ve been extremely confident. Our bats really came alive all weekend,” Bolt said.
Leading the charge was Jack Doolittle, who hit his first two homers of the season and is batting .500, and Ryan Dauphinee, who is batting .650 with two doubles, five runs and two RBI.
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But pitching was also on point for Cascade, which has a 2.00 ERA with 20 strikeouts and 31 hits allowed through 35 innings of play.
Cascade’s Friday bracket play proved much more difficult than the three pool play games, in which the Crush outscored opponents 22-3 to win their pool and enter bracket play as the fourth seed.
The Crush will play Thunder Academy at 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, July 25, at Adams Field in Steamboat Springs. A win will put them into the final four, but a loss will force the Crush into a loser-out, winner-to-final-four game at 5 p.m. Saturday.