Little league: Three Rivers All-Stars take title
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Manager Mike Glen can’t wait to see what members of his Three Rivers Little League 9- and 10-year old All-Star team are capable of in the future.
After polishing off a District 1 National Division tournament title with a 12-9 win over Monument at Orchard Mesa Little League Complex on Friday night, he couldn’t help but forecast big things for his young champs.
“I think these guys are phenomenal baseball players,” Glen said. “We look forward to doing the same thing again next year.”
Twelve players – six from Glenwood Springs and six from Basalt – joined forces to run the table in the annual All-Star affair. Three Rivers knocked off Monument 11-8 in the first round on Monday before taking down Fruita 19-6 in the semifinals on Wednesday.
On Friday, Three Rivers racked up an early 8-2 advantage and held on for the win. Glen’s son, Michael, pitched four stingy innings to propel the squad to the fast start. Cole Resch picked up the save with an inning of relief work.
On offense, Brandon Benzel provided a late triple to plate important insurance runs.
Defensively, Derek Alcorta snared a line drive to record the game’s final out, first baseman Miles Levy produced a number of big plays at his position and catcher Tristan Howe kept the Monument running game in check.
“It was a fantastic game,” the elder Glen said. “Everyone had their chance in the sun there.”
Two Junior All-Star squads remained in the hunt in their tournament brackets on Saturday.
The Colorado River Valley Little League 13- and 14-year-old All-Stars were busy battling Palisade in an elimination game late Saturday night at the Orchard Mesa complex in Grand Junction. A win for Colorado River Valley, which is based out of Rifle, would pit them against Three Rivers in a game at 8 p.m. tonight.
Whichever squad advances past Sunday would face Cortez in the championship game on Monday. Because Cortez has yet to lose in the double-elimination tournament, that team would have to take down the southwestern Colorado squad twice to claim a title.
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