Three Rivers Juniors win district opener |

Three Rivers Juniors win district opener

PALISADE – Once Jake Kinney got his competitive juices flowing he was nearly unhittable on Saturday.After giving up an unearned run in the first inning against Orchard Mesa in Three Rivers’ Junior Boys District 1 tournament opening game, Kinney’s adrenaline kicked in.In the next six innings, Kinney held the Grand Junction-based opponent to three hits over the next six innings en route to a four-hit, 5-2 victory.The win advanced Three Rivers to a 2 p.m. winners-bracket game today against Grand Mesa.”I started to use my body more, not place the ball, and just try to strike out people,” Kinney said.Orchard Mesa saw the change in Kinney after grabbing the early lead.Over the next four frames, the Roaring Fork High School freshman-to-be, allowed just two baserunners.The change also shook Orchard Mesa defensively.In the fourth, Three Rivers used two Orchard Mesa errors, a hit batter and singles by Matt Snyder and Alan Prater to take a 3-1 lead.Kinney helped himself in the following inning by bashing in a run-producing double, to go ahead by three.Orchard Mesa got a run off Kinney in the bottom of the fifth, but, couldn’t muster any further offense against the Three Rivers starter.9-10 Boys District 1GRAND JUNCTION – The Three Rivers 9-10 squad took the lead twice against Fruita-Redlands, but couldn’t hold on in a 10-7 pool-play loss in its District 1 tournament opener at the Grand Mesa Little League complex on Saturday.Three Rivers resumes pool play at 3 p.m. today against Monument’s No. 2 All-Star team.The local Little League team, whose roster consists of players from Glenwood Springs, Carbondale and Basalt, took advantage of two Fruita-Redlands errors and pitcher Drew Bridges wildness to gain a 3-1 lead in the second inning.Cam Avery, Cory Derby and Tanner Banc scored in Three Rivers’ rally, only to see Fruita-Redlands knot the game at 3-all in the third.Johnny Nieslanik got the second of his two hits in the game in the fourth inning to cap a four-run outburst which pulled Three Rivers to a 7-3 advantage.But Fruita-Redlands sent 10 batters to the plate in the bottom of the frame, scoring seven runs.

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