Three Rivers 9-10s bumped to elimination bracket at Districts
GRAND JUNCTION – In the postseason, one player’s performance can tip the scale between winning and losing.The Three Rivers 9-10 year old All Stars witnessed that Friday night. Unfortunately, they were on the wrong side of the ledger.Grand Mesa pitcher Tanner Reid was the lone standout in a 10-5 contest where the Grand Junction-based team knocked Three Rivers back to the elimination bracket of the District 1 Tournament.Reid had 10 strikeouts and limited Three Rivers to four hits in a complete-game victory in which neither team had its best showing.From a defensive standpoint, Friday’s game featured a bushel of defensive lapses. Every run, except Three Rivers’ late three-run rally in the fifth inning, came across on errors or wild pitches.Grand Mesa took advantage of Three Rivers defensive problems to gain a 5-0 lead after the second inning. A throwing error in the first inning cost Three Rivers two runs. Grand Mesa added to its first-inning lead in the second by converting a bases-loaded passed ball and two wild pitches by Three Rivers starter Michael Patton into three runs.Up 5-0, Reid took control.The Grand Mesa pitcher held Three Rivers to one baserunner through four innings. Any time Three Rivers mounted a threat, Reid quashed it with a strikeout.That pattern, along with Grand Mesa boosting its lead to 8-0, continued to the fifth.Then Reid suddenly lost control.Three Rivers’ John Blounts opened the fifth with a base hit. A walk to reserve outfielder Johnny Nieslanik, along with three Reid wild pitches, put both runners in scoring position.Blake Scherer’s RBI-single scored Blounts. Patton’s timely base hit scored two more.Reid recovered by fanning Three Rivers’ next two hitters to get out of the jam. But, his aura of invincibility was gone.But, with an inning left to play, Three Rivers was running low on at-bats.And their hopes were further dashed when Grand Mesa got two runs back in their half of fifth.Three Rivers scored twice in the sixth for the final score. Both runs came in on Reid wild pitches.Despite the loss, Three Rivers can still reach Tuesday’s championship game with two wins in the elimination bracket.-Three Rivers started that process Saturday night against the Cortez Red Sox. Three Rivers defeated the Red Sox 9-2. Three Rivers plays the Cortez Mariners today at 5:30 p.m. in another elimination game. More information will be available in Monday’s paper.
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