Little League: Junior softball team one win from regional
DENVER — The Three Rivers Little League Junior softball team won both of its games in convincing fashion on Saturday and are now just a win away from reaching regional tournament play.
The Juniors beat Westminster 12-4 in the first game of the day before winning by forfeit against Aurora. The Juniors were up 33-2 in the fourth inning against Aurora before rain stopped the game. That prompted the Aurora coach to forfeit, thus making it a 7-0 victory for Three Rivers.
The wins for Three Rivers puts the team in the title game of the three-team, double-elimination tournament. The Juniors will play at 12:30 p.m. today against this morning’s winner between Westminster and Aurora. The tournament champion advances to play in the regional tournament in Sante Fe, N.M., later this week.
In the first win of the day for Three Rivers, Caroline Paxon and Brooklyn Vargas each went 3-for-4 at the plate and Arianna Pena, Samantha Arnold and Nayeli Olivas each tallying a pair of hits. Paxon was the winning pitcher for the Juniors.
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Against Aurora, Paxon and Vargas each had four hits, with Paxon tallying a team-high five RBIs during the game.
MAJORS: Ryan Conley hit a two-run, walk-off double with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning to lift Three Rivers to an 8-7 victory against Air Academy in the first round of the double-elimination tournament in Durango.
The victory sent the Majors squad into its game this morning against Boulder unbeaten.
MAJOR/MINORS: The Three Rivers 10 to 11-year-old team dropped its first-round game against Boulder 12-3. The Major/Minors team will play in an elimination game today against an opponent to be determined.
JUNIORS: The Junior boys weren’t able to get in a completed game on Saturday but were leading Westminster 5-11 in the third inning when play was suspended due to weather. The team will continue that first-round game at 12:30 p.m. today.
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