Three Rivers looks for revenge at State
GSPI Sports Editor
The Three Rivers All Stars 13-14 boys baseball team came within one win of winning its first state title last year.
This year, Three Rivers is looking for some revenge.
Hot off last weekends District 1 title, the All Stars open the double-elimination State Tournament Saturday at 11 a.m. in Fraser against Academy of Colorado Springs. Academy just happens to be the same team that defeated Three Rivers in last year’s title game.
“We made it to the state championship game last year and Academy beat us both times (in the double-elimination tourney),” Three Rivers coach Don Chicoine said. “The kids know that, but they also have so much more confidence than last year.”
Part of that confidence stems from the competition most of the Three Rivers players faced so far this summer. Many members of the All Stars played a number of games in Grand Junction and Triple Crown tourneys that allowed them to see a wider variety of pitches than they would typically encounter playing just in the Roaring Fork Valley.
“The biggest thing at this age is the curve ball,” Chicoine said. “We’ve played enough games where we’ve seen enough curve-ball pitchers so the kids are confident they can hit them.”
Three Rivers hasn’t played the Colorado Springs-based team this year, but Chicoine said the team will likely consist of the same type of big, strong players it had last year.
“I’m sure, coming out of the Colorado Springs district, they’ve got some good players,” Chicoine said.
Beau Chicoine will get the nod to start at pitcher in the opening game, and Zach Zerbato is slated to take the mound in the second game. If the All Stars defeat Academy, they play Sunday at 2 p.m. A loss puts Three Rivers in the loser’s bracket for a contest at 11 a.m., also on Sunday.
Sunday’s game will be against either Eagle or Northern Lights of the Denver/Boulder area, which face off in the opening round on Saturday.
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