Prep notebook: Twins Blue baseball looks to maintain momentum

Colt Sedbrook pretty much will always be proud of his teams as long as they play hard every time they hit the diamond.

Last weekend, however, Sedbrook’s Colorado Twins Blue squad truly gave him reason to beam.

The Twins rolled through a showcase tournament in Gillette, Wyo., compiling a 6-0 record behind sound pitching, solid defense, and an offensive onslaught that left Sedbrook shaking his head and smiling.

“The amazing thing is that we took only 12 guys, but these guys really showed they wanted to get better and compete. It was awesome to watch,” Sedbrook said. “We swung the bats really well and also played some good D. Then the other thing that stood out was we got really good pitching.”

Heroes abounded for the Twins. Niwot senior-to-be Bryan Meek tossed a five-inning no-hitter in one game, while Cougars teammate Alex Kinnison turned in a 4-for-4 game with two doubles and 3 RBIs. New Frederick graduate Jaron Balman blasted two home runs in one game, while Silver Creek graduate Joey Stauss earned a complete game victory against the Greeley GoJos.

Sedbrook hopes the dominant performance helps catapult the team through a busy stretch of its summer schedule. The team is on the road again this week for a tournament in Topeka, Kan., before returning to Colorado to take part in the annual Boulder NIT next week.

“I think one thing the kids are finding really, really beneficial is being on the road and playing in those kinds of environments,” Sedbrook said. “It doesn’t matter who is in the other dugout, they’re trying to focus on what they can control. They’re starting to do the small things, and that’s why we’ve had success lately.”

 

NOTABLE

Bob Billings recently left his post as the athletic director at Nederland to join the Weld County School District as Coordinator of School Leadership … Niwot graduate Christine Jennings earned a spot on the U.S. swim team that will compete at the world championships in Barcelona beginning July 28. Jennings, a distance specialist, will swim alongside a number of U.S. Olympians, including Ryan Lochte and Regis Jesuit graduate Missy Franklin … The Boulder NIT, hosted by Diamond Baseball of Boulder, begins three days of pool play on Wednesday July 10 at five locations, including Scott Carpenter Park and four high schools — Fairview, Centaurus, Legacy, and Brighton. The quarterfinals will be held at Scott Carpenter Park on Saturday July 13 followed by the semifinals and championship at the same locale on Sunday the 14th.

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