Area Little League begins tournament play |

Area Little League begins tournament play

Close to a month after the regular season concluded, Three Rivers Little League resumes play when three teams begin District 1 tournament play Monday.

Tournament play differs from the regular season as all-star teams from each of eight Western Slope Little Leagues play against each other rather than the teams within their own leagues.

Besides Three Rivers, whose players reside in Glenwood Springs, Carbondale and Basalt, the rest of District 1 consist of teams from Montrose, Palisade, Fruita-Redlands, and the Orchard Mesa, Monument and Grand Mesa Little Leagues of Grand Junction.

Each league’s teams are usually selected by a vote of the league’s coaches.

Three Rivers has representatives in the 9- to 10-year-old boys, Major Boys (ages 11-12), and Junior Boys (ages 13-14) tournaments. Each tournament is a double-elimination format.

The tournament champion advances to the state tournament the following week.

Two teams, the 9-10 and Major Boys, will travel to Grand Junction for tournament play. The Junior Boys tournament will be held in El Jebel.

Action gets under way on Monday when the Three Rivers Major Boys square off against Orchard Mesa at 5:30 p.m. at the Grand Mesa Little League complex in east Grand Junction.

The Grand Mesa complex is located at 518 28 3/4 Road, one block north of the Texas Roadhouse restaurant on North Avenue.

Further west at the Monument Little League complex, Three Rivers’ 9-10 boys face Orchard Mesa’s “A” team on Field #2 at 8 p.m.

The Monument Little League complex is located at 568 25 1/2 Road, the complex is one block south of Pomona Elementary School on the corners of Patterson Ave. and 25 1/2 Road.

The Junior Boys tournament in El Jebel also starts Monday with two games featuring out-of-area teams.

Three Rivers begins play Tuesday at 3 p.m. with the winner of Monday’s Fruita-Redlands/Monument contest.

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