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Avalanche begin Triple Crown bid

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By The Staff

It’s a familiar refrain — an Avalanche rolling through the heart of the Rockies.

The Las Vegas Avalanche 14-and-under traveling baseball team is playing in the 2010 Triple Crown World Series this week in Steamboat Springs, Colo.

Managed by Diego Trujillo, the club posted a fifth-place finish in the USSSA Rio Rancho league and won its AABC Santa Fe league.

“This will be the fourth consecutive World Series berth for the majority of the kids in our club” Trujillo told the Optic.  

In 2007 the Avalanche represented New Mexico in the USSSA World Series in Tulsa, Okla., and the last three years as the New Mexico representative in the Triple Crown World Series.  

“We look forward to representing our community, county and state at this national event,” Trujillo continued. “We hope to follow up our 2009 16th place finish with a top 10 or higher finish this year. The kids have been working hard and are looking forward to the tournament. We are going into this year’s tournament with strong pitching and strong hitting throughout our lineup.”

The week’s activities began with the skills competition, home run derby and opening ceremonies. Pool play got under way on Tuesday, and bracket play starts Thursday.  

The Avalanche include Joseph Ortiz, Ryan Tafoya, Nathan Archuleta, Miclo Allen, Isaiah Concha, Nathan Segura, Javier Trujillo, Keith Imberger, Dominic Lucero, Eleazar Allen, Joshua Romero, Diego Trujillo, Adam Moldonado, Santana Saiz-Gomez, Marcelo Sedillo, manager Diego Trujillo, coaches Joe Ortiz, Mike Allen, Tom Archuleta and James Romero.

“We would like to thank Las Vegas for their financial and moral support. Without the community we would not have this opportunity,” Trujillo said.