Three Rivers handed first loss by Monument |

Three Rivers handed first loss by Monument

Phil Sandoval Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GRAND JUNCTION – Little League tournament baseball is more than runs, hits and errors. It’s also about getting accustomed to new teammates and better athletic skills.Major boys coach Eric Gross didn’t use that as an excuse for Three Rivers’ 4-3 loss to Monument Tuesday. Instead, Gross mentioned the ongoing process of the players becoming used to each other as part of the problem.”The pitching performances were solid at both ends. We had difficulty controlling the baseball,” he said. “You have to remember when you have kids throwing the ball 70 miles an hour from 46 feet, it’s not just a problem for the batter. It’s also a problem for the catcher, and all these catchers and pitchers have not worked together and they’re on a new team with each other.”Monument converted a wild pitch in the fourth inning into the winning run that put previously unbeaten Three Rivers into a must-win or face-elimination game at 5:30 p.m. today with host Grand Mesa.Ty Burtard, the game’s winning pitcher, raced home when Three Rivers’ pitcher John Nieslanik’s fast ball got by catcher Tanner Nieslanik.After giving up a pair of game-tying runs in the third, Burtard got stingy. In the next three innings he didn’t allow a hit, finishing with nine strikeouts.

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Glenwood Springs and Garfield County make the Post Independent’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.

For tax deductible donations, click here.

Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User