What better way to honor our troops than to play America’s favorite game on Memorial Day Weekend? Triple Crown Baseball hosted another successful Memorial Day Classic in Northern Colorado this past weekend.
The event featured 83 teams in 9's through 14’s age divisions. The 4-game guarantee started on Saturday and continued through Monday and there were various levels of play offered including Division 1, 2, 3 and combo divisions as well.
Congratulations to all of the teams that earned the hardware, and thank you to all those men and women serving this country so we can feel safe and enjoy the great game of baseball!
Memorial Day Classic 2018 Champions
9’s D1: Salty Dawgs Baseball Club
9’s D2: Warriors Elite Bombers
10’s D2: WYCO 2026
10’s Combo: Elite Baseball Vais
11’s D2: TCA Titans
11’s D3: Windsor Shockers
11’s D1/D2 Combo: UA Hooligans-Griego
12’s Combo: Choice Select
13’s D2: 406 Flyers
13’s Combo: TC Wolves Blue
14’s D2: H3 Baseball
14’s Combo: Thunder Academy Red
The Triple Crown Baseball staff battled another Colorado rainstorm at The Challenge at Pikes Peak this past weekend. However, thanks to the awesome facility partners at El Pomar, Skyview, Cottonwood, Goose Gossage, Memorial Park and Leon Young, the fields were playable.
Unfortunately, the annual UCCS instructional camp was cancelled due to rain. On the bright side, there were about 100 athletes that signed up which showcases what a positive experience this can be moving forward.
Over the past five years, the event has averaged more than 100 teams. 2018 was no different; it featured 157 teams across the 8u-14u age groups and D1 and D2 divisions which is the most teams in event history. Aside from the storm, this event provided a solid geographic mix of competition along with beautiful scenery.
“It rained both days, but we were able to get all 297 scheduled games in without missing one,” said TC Baseball event director Gino Grasso. “It ended up being a great event and it took everyone on board to make it happen.”
Congratulations to all 19 teams that were crowned champions this weekend and we look forward to seeing you all at future Triple Crown events this summer.
The Challenge at Pikes Peak 2018 Champions
8u Kid Pitch: Elite Baseball
9’s Division 1: Salty Dawgs Baseball Club
9’s Division 2: Elite Baseball
10’s Division 2: Platinum – Colorado Cutthroats; Gold – Elite Baseball Reynolds; Silver – CageRats
11’s Division 2: Platinum – TCA Majestic Baseball 10u; Gold – Slammers Ice; Silver – Brighton Predators
12’s D1/D2 Combo: Platinum – TCA Braves; Gold – Colorado Springs Majestic; Silver – Cherry Creek Bears
13’s Division 1: Emotional Game Black Knights
13’s Division 2: Platinum – Colorado Yard Dawgs-White; Gold – Slammers-Balser; Silver – Windsor Wizards Tovar
14’s Division 2: Platinum – TCA Spiders Elite; Gold – Eagle Baseball Club; Silver – SJ Columbine Rebels
Lucky for our lawns, northern Colorado received plenty of spring showers this past weekend, however it wasn’t the ideal weather for a baseball tournament. Regardless, Triple Crown Baseball toughed it out to put on The May Melee in Longmont, Firestone, Johnstown and Greeley.
The event featured 70 local Colorado teams as well as a few Wyoming clubs across the 8u-14u age groups and D1, D2 and D3 divisions.
“We were really happy to get a majority of teams a full schedule for the weekend. Even though the weather wasn’t ideal, we’re lucky to have great facility partners that were up with me at 4:30 a.m. working on fields to get them playable,” said TC Colorado Baseball event director Mike Magaro. “Jim Netzel from Longmont and the rest of his staff deserve all the credit in the world and I can’t thank them enough for the work they did Sunday morning. I’m sure there’s a lot of facilities out there that see puddles on the field and want to cancel the day, but those guys worked their tails off to get games up and running by noon Sunday.”
It clearly took a lot of help and hard work to make this event happen so big thanks to the NoCo facilities staff and our Triple Crown staff. And congrats to the teams who suffered the chilly weather and rain delays and were rewarded with a championship trophy at the end of it all.
The May Melee 2018 Champions
10’s D1/D2 Combo: Slammers Stealth
11’s D1/D2 Combo: Fort Collins Tigers
11’s D3: WYCO 2025
12’s D1/D2 Combo: Slammers Bauer
13’s D1: NoCo Rush Blue
13’s D2: Denver Legends
13’s D3: CO Khaos – Naturals
14’s D1: NC Bombers
14’s D2: Slammers Seeley