All-stars return to diamond
RIFLE – Very few of the players knew what the final score was. And it didn’t seem to matter as the best baseball players from the Class 4A Western Slope League congratulated one another after the final out of the inaugural postseason all-star game at Deerfield Park.”It was a fun night tonight,” said Glenwood Springs infielder-pitcher Beau Chicoine. “The best thing about the game was it was good to get out and play again, and just playing with everyone.”The large number of fans in attendance felt the same way.Players from both teams made a number of good plays and had some stellar performances in the nine-inning game. The squad of all-WSL selections from Rifle, Steamboat Springs, Eagle Valley and Moffat County won, 6-2, over a team of all-league picks from Glenwood, Delta and Palisade.”I was pretty pumped up about it when I found out about the game,” said Rifle High’s Brandon Leuallen, who got the nod as his team’s starting pitcher. “It was fun to get to know and play with these guys because, as opponents, you don’t like them.”Now, that I’ve played with them, it’s really cool, and l like them.”In his two innings on the mound, Leuallen gave up one run – on an RBI double by Chicoine in the second inning. Later in the game, Chicoine, who started the contest at shortstop, pitched a couple of innings. Rifle’s Matt Jones and Adam Krick also got an inning of mound duty in after playing most of the game in the infield along with teammate Uriel Quezada.So far as how to approaching the game, there was no difference from a regular-season game said Glenwood’s Taylor Wilde.”You just go out and play hard,” he said. “But it sure was fun to get a chance to play with the best players in the league.”When it comes to the WSL-all star game’s future, Rifle High School coach Troy Phillips said the contest could become an annual event.”The (league’s baseball) coaches are all positive about it and want to play this game.”
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