Three Rivers falls in tourney opener
The Three Rivers Little League Junior All-Stars made the most out five hits on Friday night, scoring six runs in its Southwest Region Junior Boys Tournament opener in Grand Junction.Their opponents, however, a team from Brennan, Texas, showed traits matching it’s home state, doing everything bigger.Texas players smashed two home runs and five doubles, totaled 12 hits and 11 runs to defeat Three Rivers in the opening round of pool play in the tourney.It was the third inning when Texas’ Royce Neuman and Zach Holder hit homers, lifting Texas to a 4-0 led over Three Rivers, a team of 13- and 14-year-olds from Carbondale, Glenwood, Aspen and Basalt.Three Rivers fired back, scoring one run in the third, fourth and fifth innings, and even scored three in the seventh. Texas’ scoring didn’t slow down to trim the lead, though, and with two more three-run innings, it sealed the 11-6 victory.Jake Strack Loertscher led the way on offense for Three Rivers, connecting for two hits, driving in two runs and scoring two of his own. Trent Reeds added two RBIs on a hit and Mario Gonzalez also chipped in a RBI. Thomas Cerise and Scott Hoffman each scored, while Lomont Gross added two hits.Hoffman pitched five and a half innings in the loss, giving up eight runs on eight hits while striking out two.Three Rivers will continue pool play today with a game against Louisiana at 8 p.m. in Grand Junction. They will finish pool play on Sunday against a team from Westminster at 8 p.m. on Monday.Teams that have one or no losses will advance to the championship rounds beginning Wednesday.
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