Three Rivers All-Stars head to regional tournament in NM
The Three Rivers Little League Junior All-Star baseball team hit the road to Albuquerque, New Mexico, Wednesday, for the Regional Finals and a chance to play in the junior division World Series in Taylor, Michigan, August 14-21.
The team has gone through All-Star competition undefeated so far after completing impressive sweeps through the District Tournament in Grand Junction and the State finals in Glenwood, in which they beat the Sherrelwood All-Star team, 10-2, July 19 at Glenwood Springs Middle School.
Made up of 13- and 14-year-old All-Stars from Aspen, Basalt, Carbondale, Glenwood Springs and Eagle, will head to New Mexico to take on some of the best teams in the country with a chance to head to the junior division World Series later this month.
Looking forward to the state tournament, Three Rivers head coach Scott Fitzwilliams knows the competition in New Mexico will be fierce. “We are going to face teams from Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana and New Mexico where they play baseball 10-12 months a year,” Williams said. “We need to bring our A-game if we want to compete.”
This will be the first trip to the regional tournament for Three Rivers, which fell excruciatingly short of winning the state championship the last few years before finally getting over the hump this year.
Members of the team include Cole Houston (Glenwood), Rio Kauffman (Glenwood), Kaid Nieslanik (Glenwood), Sam Fitzwilliams (Glenwood), Dylan Albright (Glenwood), Jace Luck (Glenwood), Ash Stolley (Glenwood), Jack Pevny (Aspen), Joey Beveridge (Eagle), Dillon Flaagan (Eagle), Jake Ticer (Eagle) and Garrett Anderson (Eagle), along with Fitzwilliams, assistant coach Ted Kauffman and assistant coach Thomas Albright.
Three Rivers will begin the Regional Tournament, Friday, August 5th at 9 a.m. against the New Mexico state champions.
The double elimination tournament runs August 5-10 with the winner heading to the World Series in Taylor, Michigan.
You can track the success of Three Rivers on the tournament website, http://www.llbws.org/llbbws/jlbbws/southwest.htm.
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