Three Rivers 9-10 squad eliminated at Districts
GRAND JUNCTION – Dallin Wright had three hits, scored the winning run and pitched two scoreless innings of relief as Fruita-Redlands defeated Three Rivers 9-3 on Wednesday in a loser-out game in the 9-10 Boys District 1 Little League tournament at the Monument Little League complex in Grand Junction.
The loss, the second in as many days for Three Rivers, eliminated the team from the tournament.
Three Rivers, with a roster consisting of players from Glenwood Springs, Carbondale and Basalt, never led in Wednesday’s contest.
Wright’s lead-off single and back-to-back RBI doubles by Brennan Seely and Justin Sadler allowed Fruita-Redlands to take a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning.
Three Rivers cut the lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the inning on a run-scoring double by Marty Knaus.
Knaus had a perfect evening at the plate. In four appearances, he had two hits, walked twice and scored a run.
In the next inning, Fruita-Redlands’ lead jumped to 4-1. Fruita-Redlands took advantage of Jayton Brown being a hit by Three Rivers starter’s Ryan Gaunthier’s pitch with two outs and a misplayed grounder on a Wright single by outfielder Gus Burg to expand the lead.
After Fruita-Redlands added a run in the third, a two-run triple by Three Rivers’ Cotter Rinker in the bottom of the inning pared the margin to 5-3.
Fruita-Redlands score a solo run in the fourth, then added three more in the sixth to pull away.
Starter Brian Espeland concluded four innings of work by pitching a scoreless fourth before turning the ball over to Wright for the game’s final two innings.
Gaunthier, the game’s losing pitcher, went the entire six innings for Three Rivers.
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