Published: June 12, 2012
The Arvada Colts experienced the highest of highs and lowest of lows this past week, and when the dust finally settled last night, the team stood proud with a fantastic 12-2 overall season record.
The week began early Monday morning as the team reached out to the local community through the Arvada Colts Youth Baseball Camp. All the players were on hand to lend a helping hand to youth players and teach them the secrets to becoming an expert baseball player. The camp began at 8 a.m. and ended at noon each day from Monday to Thursday. Each day focused on a different aspect of the game such as hitting one day and fitness another. After the camp came to its conclusion, there was nothing but smiles shown from all. Arvada Colts president Tommy Skul said, “The energy was great, the campers had a wonderful experience and our players are still talking about it a week later”. The Colts hope to leverage the success of the camp and return next year with more participants and an even better experience.
On the competition side of things, the Colts hit the road on Tuesday night for an away game and victory against the Pirates. The Final Score was 12 to 2. The win gave the Colts momentum heading into Friday’s two home games at Long Lake Ranch in Arvada. The event known as “Organizations Serving Arvada Night at the Park sponsored by Farmers Insurance” turned out to be a great success with an impressive crowd and clear skies for the night. The first game of the night was an absolute thriller as the Colts came from behind to win the game in the last inning. The Colts looked to win both games that night until their efforts were cut short by the stadium lights in game two. At 10 p.m. during the second game, the lights suddenly shut off, leaving everyone in the dark and causing the game to be postponed. A new date for the game has not yet been announced.
Saturday saw the team lose for the first time during the regular season (second time overall). The Colts fell to the Colorado Sox 8 to 1 on the road. The team returned home on Sunday for two games against the Slammers looking to rebound from Saturday, and they did so in convincing fashion. The team rocketed to a huge win in game one, with a final score of 14 to 5. Game 2 wouldn’t be so easy as the game went into extra innings with a tied score of 3 to 3. Finally, the Colts received a huge boost from outfielder Willy Gustin who launched a home run into the distance to give the Colts a 4 to 3 lead in the 8th inning. The team held off the Slammers in the bottom of the inning to close the deal and win. The team now sits at 12-2 overall for the season and in first place in the Rocky Mountain Baseball League.
The coming week will once again for busy for the team as they hit the road for Dodge City, Kansas for two games on Wednesday and Thursday. The Colts will then return home for two games against the Denver Cougars on Friday in what will be known as the “Showdown at Sunset”. The Colts will then close out the week on Sunday by working with the APEX Park and Recreation District’s father’s day 5K run before heading to Long Lake Ranch for a night game.
However, baseball isn’t the only thing on the Colts to-do list for the week as the team’s continued community service efforts will see them working with the Boy Scouts of America on Wednesday and Thursday. Skul couldn’t be more excited for the opportunity saying, “Partnering with the Boy Scouts of America gives us the opportunity to continue to give back to our youth and introduce baseball to kids who may have never experienced it before”.
That’s it for this edition of the weekly wrap-up from your Arvada Colts. Be sure to follow the team on Facebook for all the lastest updates and giveaways all season long.