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Loaf 'N Jug's early success continuing


Loaf 'N Jug pitcher Ty Garcia delivers a pitch earlier this season during
the Tony Andenucio Memorial Baseball Tournament
at Hobbs Field (CHIEFTAIN PHOTO/ZACHARY ALLEN)


Team plays home doubleheader tonight 

BY JEFF BERSCH | The Pueblo Chieftain | JUN 28, 2018

In a short amount of time this season, Loaf 'N Jug has packed together plenty of games and plenty of wins.

Pueblo's summer high school baseball team, which started play just three weeks ago, is 18-4 after splitting a pair of games Tuesday night at Cheyenne Mountain.

LNJ will welcome the same team to the Runyon Sports Complex at Hobbs Field for a doubleheader at 5 p.m. tonight.

"With this type of team, I just wish the summer could go on," third-year coach Mario Mattivi said. "This team is just a lot of fun."

Loaf 'N Jug this season won the Cherry Creek Classic, a first for a Pueblo team in that tournament's 32-year history.

The team then made a bit of history a week later in Pueblo when it reached the championship game of at the Tony Andenucio Memorial Baseball Tournament.

It was the first Pueblo team to play in the annual tournament's championship game since 2001. Cheyenne claimed the title with a 3-2 victory.

"We just have a really good team," Mattivi said. "I'm excited to see them finish strong."

LNJ went 3-1 last week playing the Battle of Omaha in Nebraska. It rained much of the tournament, forcing Loaf 'N Jug to play four games in two days but within about a 26-hour span.

Mattivi said while there that the team was able to attend a College World Series game between Florida and Texas Tech.

"That was a cool experience for the guys," Mattivi said. "It was good for the guys to get out and be together on the road."

Loaf 'N Jug beat Cheyenne Mountain 11-5 in the first game Tuesday night before losing 8-6.

Following tonight's doubleheader, LNJ is off until July 5 when it begins play at the Great Plains Shootout in Topeka, Kan. Loaf 'N Jug went 3-2 at the tournament last season.

Mattivi said a planned tournament in Garden City, Kan., fell through, so he's trying to find a tournament in either Denver or Boulder before the end of the season.

A July 3 doubleheader at home against the Colorado Bandits also has been canceled, so Mattivi said he hopes to add a few home doubleheaders to the schedule. LNJ's final games are scheduled for July 10.

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jbersch@chieftain.com