All Stars come up short in title game
FRASER – For the second straight season, the Three Rivers All Stars 13-14 squad advanced to the championship round of the Little League State Tournament. And for the second year in a row, Air Academy sent Three Rivers home with runner-up honors.Air Academy of Colorado Springs successfully defended its state title with a 10-0, five-inning victory over Three Rivers here Tuesday. Academy is the only team to defeat the All Stars in the last two state tournaments, handing Three Rivers a 5-1 defeat in the first round this season and winning back-to-back championship-round games for the title last year.”We just didn’t have the horses, and they were an excellent team,” Three Rivers coach Dan Chicoine said. “That’s what happens when you pull from a population of 100,000.”Errors proved costly for Three Rivers, as the All Stars gave up four unearned runs in the first two innings on a pair of errors, then had two errors in the fifth inning to allow Air Academy to put the contest away.”We didn’t have the defense we normally have,” Chicoine said. “… Playing a team like that you’ve got to have your `A’ game, and we didn’t today.”While a state title would be better, Chicoine said the season was still a huge success, particularly coming off the Western Slope and competing against the metro leagues.”We had a great season and we’re really happy with what came out of our valley and that we won Districts,” Chicoine said.”We couldn’t do it without the kids and we couldn’t do it without the parents, and we’ll do it again next year. It’s fun to put together a competitive team that can go outside the valley and compete.”Air Academy advances to the regional tournament in Texas scheduled for later this month.-Correction: The final sentence of the Three Rivers Baseball story in Tuesday’s paper was inadvertently cut off due to a reporter’s error. The sentence should have read: Jensen pitched the entire five innings to earn the win.
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