Three Rivers squad advances to semis
CORTEZ – After spotting Cortez a six-run lead in the first inning, the Three Rivers All-Stars stymied their opponent for the next six frames en route to a 12-7 victory in the Junior Boys District 1 tournament Tuesday night.
The victory puts the All-Stars, a collection of 13-14-year-old players from the Roaring Fork Valley, in the semifinal contest of the double-elimination tournament against Grand Mesa on Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
Three Rivers scored one run in the first inning, but the lead didn’t last long. Cortez went on a seven-run tear in the bottom of the frame for a 7-1 advantage. It was the only inning Cortez would plate a run off starting pitcher Beau Chicoine or Three Rivers.
“It was pretty quiet (in the dugout) after the first, but they knew they could come back,” said Three Rivers assistant coach Mike Sommers.
After the rough first inning in which he gave up four walks, Chicoine settled down and was stellar for the remainder of the contest. Chicoine pitched a complete game with 13 strikeouts and allowed just two hits after the first inning.
“We played solid defense and took it to them after the second inning,” Sommers said. “It was just an outstanding defensive effort from the third inning on from everybody.”
Chicoine and Zach Zerbato each hit a double to key a six-run third inning and bring the score even at 7-all. Defensively, David King and Connor Rakowski each made spectacular inning-ending outfield catches in the third and fourth with runners on first and second to quell hopes of a Cortez rally. The solid defense allowed Three Rivers manufacture runs through the next four innings and roll the five-run victory.
“It was just a total team effort,” Sommers said. “There was no star in the whole game.”
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