Pitcher manhandles Three Rivers
GRAND JUNCTION – Three Rivers learned a lesson Sunday night – never underestimate anyone. Or any team.
Host Grand Mesa spoiled Three Rivers’ chance to go undefeated and wrap up the District 1 Major Boys Little League championship with a 13-1 victory.
The loss was the first for Three Rivers in the double-elimination tournament. The defeat sets up a rematch tonight with Grand Mesa for the District 1 title and the state tournament berth that accompanies winning the district crown.
The game is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. at the Grand Mesa Little League complex in east Grand Junction.
Grand Mesa’s starting pitcher, Brady Adamek, single-handedly set up the second contest by shutting down Three Rivers offense.
In a shortened game that was halted after four innings under the 10-run rule, Adamek allowed just four Three Rivers hitters to reach base, ending the game with eight strikeouts.
In that span, Adamek allowed Three Rivers two baserunners in the same inning once. That occurred in the fourth inning when pitch-hitters Wyatt Zetterholm singled and Matt Alberico worked Adamek for a walk.
By then the game was over.
Zack Zerbato gave Three Rivers its only lead when he smacked his second homer in as many games in the top of the first inning.
After the homer, Adamek promptly ended any idea of a Three Rivers threat when he retired Jake Kinney on a harmless infield groundout.
In the bottom of the inning, Adamek made up for his error.
With teammate Travis Key on board, Adamek cranked a Kinney pitch high over the left field wall for a 2-1 lead.
That was more than enough, but, Grand Mesa wasn’t satisfied with a one-run lead.
Grand Mesa added one run in the second, two more in the third, and eight runs in the fourth to send everyone home early.
Garrett Whiting’s two-run homer in the third chased Kinney from the pitchers mound to the outfield, and raised Grand Mesa’s lead to 5-1.
Meanwhile, Adamek continued to fire blanks at Three Rivers.
After a lead-off walk in the second to Jim Knaus, Adamek reared back and struck out the side. Three Rivers went down in order the next inning, before mounting a meager attack with Zetterholm and Alberico in the fourth.
Prior to Three Rivers’ attempt, Grand Mesa send 13 batters to the plate in its eight-run fourth.
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