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Three Rivers advances to championship game

CORTEZ – The Three Rivers All-Stars 13-14 team must have been in a rush to get into the District 1 championship game.Three Rivers made quick work of Grand Mesa Thursday night, defeating the Grand Junction squad 12-0 in a mercy rule-shortened, five-inning contest.”We just played really solid defense and got the key hits when we needed it,” Three Rivers coach Dan Chicoine said. “It’s just so fun to watch these kids right now. They are so together as a team.”Zach Zerbato allowed just two Grand Mesa hits, didn’t give up a walk and struck out eight in the complete-game effort.Connor Rakowski paced the team offensively, going 4-for-4 in the game and driving in four runs in the leadoff spot.Chad Sommers was 2-for-2, while Beau Chicoine and Zerbato were both 2-for-4 and Tim Cashel scored three runs. Three Rivers had 14 hits in the game.After a scoreless first inning, Three Rivers posted five runs in the second inning. Rakowski keyed the offensive burst with a two-RBI single.Three Rivers faces the winner of today’s Cortez-Grand Mesa loser-out game in the championship on Saturday. The game is scheduled for 5:30 p.m., but may be moved to earlier in the day, according to Chicoine.-In Wednesday’s late 9-10-year-old District 1 tournament in Grand Junction, Three Rivers All-Stars “A” team defeated Fruita-Redlands 12-1 in a five-inning contest to advance to the quarterfinal round tonight.Gus Berg pitched the full five innings and allowed just one hit, while striking out eight players.Jake Loertscher paced Three Rivers offensively with two hits and three runs scored, while Blake Scherer and Michael Patton also posted two hits in the game.-The 11-12 Major Boys Three Rivers team fell to Fruita-Redlands in its district tournament. The loss eliminates Three Rivers from the tournament. No score was made available.


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