Summer baseball: Three Rivers rallies for win
ORCHARD MESA — Jack Pezney finished 2-for-3 batting with a solo home run and three RBIs and Ryan Conley and Ricky Koch each doubled, helping the Three Rivers Little League Majors All-Star team score eight unanswered runs in an 8-2 victory over Grand Mesa on Thursday night in district tournament play.
Pezney’s solo homer that led off the bottom of the first inning sparked the rally for Three Rivers, which trailed 2-0 after the first half inning. Jake Hoofnagle, Anthony Vasquez, Tyler Sims and Gabe Foster also singled for Three Rivers.
Wheatley Nieslanik went the distance on the mound for Glenwood, allowing four hits, two earned runs and no walks with nine strikeouts in six innings.
Three Rivers will play again at 8 p.m. today against Fruita, a winner against Colorado River Valley later on Thursday.
LITTLE LEAGUE SOFTBALL
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GRAND JUNCTION — The Three Rivers Little League Majors softball team came away with an 11-7, four-inning victory against Orchard Mesa on Wednesday in a game that was halted after four innings due to rain.
The district-tournament victory staved off elimination for the Three Rivers squad, sending the team into another elimination game on Thursday. Orchard Mesa had scored three runs in the top of the fifth inning and had runners on base when weather stopped play, reverting the score back to the previous completed inning.
Prior to that game, Three Rivers dropped a 28-25 decision against Grand Junction. Isabella Hernandez hit a three-run home run in the game.
Rifle High School’s summer baseball team posted a 5-3, come-from-behind victory over Steamboat Springs on Thursday during the round-robin Rifle Midsummer Tournament at Cooper Field.
Drake Montgomery doubled and singled for the Bears, who were down 3-1 early in the game. But Riley Gray gave Rifle a 4-3 lead when he scored on a sixth-inning suicide squeeze.
Also playing in the tournament is Glenwood Springs, which fell 5-4 against Battle Mountain earlier in the day.
Tournament play continues today with Steamboat Springs playing Glenwood at 9 a.m., Conifer playing Steamboat at noon, Conifer playing Battle Mountain at 4 p.m., and Battle Mountain playing Rifle at 7 p.m. All games will be played at Cooper Field in Rifle.
GECKOS’ GAME CANCELED
Thursday’s scheduled game between the Glenwood Springs Geckos and the Summit Black Diamonds summer college baseball teams was canceled Thursday and will not be made up.
The Geckos finish their regular season at noon on Saturday at home in Carbondale against Vail in a doubleheader that has league-title implications.
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