CRV All Stars fall in tourney opener |

CRV All Stars fall in tourney opener

Phil Sandoval
Special to the Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GRAND JUNCTION ” Considering it was their first post-season game ever, the Colorado River Valley All Stars looked comfortable as they took the field for their Major boys District 1 Little League tournament opener.

For three innings of an eventual 21-2 loss to Fruita-Redlands, the 11-member Colorado River squad hung with its opponent and was in position to take charge. Starting pitcher Nate Schilt ” with some timely defensive help ” held Fruita-Redlands scoreless for two and two-thirds innings, snubbing potential big rallies in the first and second on inning-ending ground balls.

Unfortunately, Colorado River Valley had no defense for Dylan Williams.

The Fruita shortshop whacked a low line drive over the right centerfield fence to break the scoreless tie. An inning later Williams belted a three-run homer over the batter’s eye screen in dead center as the centerpiece of a 10-run spurt to put the game out of reach.

Along with his two homers, Williams ended the game, which was halted in the fifth by mercy rule, with four hits in five at-bats and five RBI’s.

Fruita banged out 20 hits against Schilt and relievers Tristan Quigley and Jake Statler.

At bat, Colorado River had offensive problems until the fourth.

Prior to that point, when Aaron Wagler and Mitch Ray scored on an infield throwing error, Colorado River had just five hitters reach base in three innings.

A quartet of Fruita-Redlands pitchers led by starter Eli Combs held the locals to two singles ” one by Quigley in the first, the other by Danny Bartels in the fifth.

The loss drops Colorado River to the loser’s bracket of the double elimination tournament. They play the loser of Friday’s Grand Mesa/Orchard Mesa game at 9 a.m. today. The loser of that contest is out of the tournament with its second loss.

In other Friday District 1 tournament Little League games involving area teams, Three Rivers lost 11-6 to Grand Mesa in the opening game of the 11-year-old boys tournament in Cortez. Three Rivers plays at 9 a.m. today against Palisade or Fruita-Redlands.

Three Rivers’ Major boys team starts action in that tournament, after drawing an opening round bye, with Montrose at 5 p.m. at the Grand Mesa complex in Grand Junction.

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