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WESTMINSTER — Brian Sture is looking for a fresh start. It begins now with the summer baseball team he has always come back to.

The 2011 Fairview graduate has spent the past three seasons at the University of St. Thomas (Minnesota) scratching and clawing for at-bats on a good Division III team with a gigantic roster. With two years of eligibility left, Sture is heading back to Colorado for good, transferring to Regis University for the upcoming school year.

For Sture, it’s good to be back home. Yet, he’s never strayed too far, returning each of the past three summers to play with Impact Sports.

“I just wasn’t playing a whole lot up there, and I really am looking forward to the opportunity at Regis,” Sture said Saturday after the team’s doubleheader against the California Warriors at Standley Lake High School. “I wanted to go out of state right away after high school, but I had talked to Regis then, too. I told them I’d give them a call if things didn’t work out. I recently called coach (Chris) Terry … he said he’d be glad to have me. Can’t wait to get out there.

“Back in Colorado, the best state in the country to live.”

Sture is one of a few stalwarts on Impact, having joined the team in 2012. He was an integral part on the team’s run to the National Baseball Congress World Series that year, and the team was one game away from another World Series appearance last year. The goal is to be ultra-competitive once again in the Rocky Mountain Baseball League.

Saturday, they rebounded well after suffering a third consecutive loss earlier in the day. A 9-5, eight-inning affair was washed clean by an 11-4 victory called after five innings because of lightning.

Batting in the No. 9 slot, Sture had a breakout game to cap the day. He went 2-for-2 with four RBIs, knocking home three runs with a double in the third inning of the big victory. Coming into the game hitting just .222, there was a feeling of relief for the outfielder. Head coach Rylan Reed, too, saw some better swings from the right-handed hitter.

“I needed this one, and that double to right-center, that’s where I need to stay,” Sture said. “First couple weekends, it’s been tough getting back into things. I hadn’t seen a pitch for like three weeks prior to that. This one felt good.”

“He among several guys that didn’t get a lot of at-bats during the spring, and you just know that they’re going to be a little rusty,” Reed added after his squad moved to 8-5 overall. “It’s nice to have him back in Colorado. He plays really hard, he’s got a good stick. He’s got to knock off some of that rust, but we’ll be moving him back up in the lineup real soon. Hopefully he’ll be one of those heart-of-the-order guys for us.”

Impact racked up nine hits for the game, including three doubles (Sture, Jacob Gallegos and Garrett Woodward). Jeff Clarke had a pair of hits and one RBI, and Josh Peterson tallied a hit, three walks and two RBIs. Defensively, they turned two double plays to help Joseph Mata get the win.

After some streaky play the first two weeks of the season, Reed said he feels as though the team will start to find some consistency now.

“We’ve got a couple weeks under our belt, and the guys are starting to hit their stride,” Reed said.

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Impact Sports 11, California Warriors 4 (5 inn.)

At Standley Lake HS

Warriors        010 30 — 4 6 0

Impact            026 03 — 11 9 0

W — Mata.

Impact hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Gallegos 3-1-2-2, Finney 3-0-0-0, Weber 0-1-0-0, Woodward 3-1-1-1, Peterson 1-1-1-2, DeHerrera 2-1-1-0, Moroyoqui 4-1-0-1, Clarke 2-2-2-1, Holbrook 1-0-0-0, Schlesner 1-1-0-0, Sture 2-2-2-4. Totals 22-11-9-11. 2B —Gallegos, Woodward, Sture. SB —Sture.

Impact pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Mata 4-5-4-4-5-3, Lashlee 1-1-0-0-0-0.

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