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Three Rivers Juniors defeat state champs in tournament

Staff ReportGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

Exploding for eight second-inning runs, the Three Rivers Junior baseball team took the lead and were never threatened afterwards in a 20-5 win over Westminster, the Colorado state champions, Monday at the Grand Mesa Little League complex.Three Rivers sent 12 batters to the plate in the second. Luke Jacob and Lamont Gross each brought in two runs as part of the rally.As a team, the combined group of Carbondale, Glenwood, Aspen and Basalt residents pounded out 18 hits, with every player accounting for at least one of them. Three Rivers finished the game with a nine-run rally in the seventh for the local league’s first regional tournament victory.Jake Strack Loertscher went 4-for-5 to lead all Three Rivers hitters and drove in three runs. Jordan Hirro had three hits, all singles, in five plate appearances with two RBIs. Mario Gonzalez also connected for three hits and recorded one RBI, and Trent Reeds knocked two runs in.Winning pitcher Scott Hoffman threw three innings, giving up five runs on 10 hits. Offensively, he poked two doubles in the seventh inning in separate at-bats. Each of the extra-base hits scored two runs.Jacob closed out the game on the mound, pitching the final four innings and holding Westminster to no runs on three hits while striking out six.Three Rivers concluded tournament play with a 1-2 record in pool play. Texas, who Three Rivers fell to 11-6 in its first game of the tourney, went through pool play undefeated and will be the lone team to advance out of the four-team pool and into the playoffs.

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