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Three Rivers stays alive in tourney

CORTEZ – The Three Rivers Little League all-stars have found their hitting strokes. For the second time in as many District 1 Tournament games, Three Rivers racked up double figures against opposing pitchers.Scoring in bunches as their method of attack in a 16-0 shutout over Montrose, Three Rivers scored five runs in the second, three more in the third, then wrapped up the onslaught with a seven-run rally in the sixth.The win keeps Three Rivers, which lost to Grand Mesa Thursday, alive in the double-elimination tournament. They are scheduled to play at 5:30 p.m. today against a yet-to-be-determined opponent.Mario Gonzales socked a home run as one of three hits he had in the game. Johnny Nieslanik, Robert Reynolds and Clay Gross each had two hits. Late Friday In a rain-suspended contest that took two days to complete, Three Rivers pounded out four runs in the first and third innings to distance themselves from Orchard Mesa in a losers-out bracket game. Up 8-5 after their rallies, Three Rivers went on to post an 11-6 win.Nieslanik and Gonzales each had four hits and four at bats in Three Rivers’ 19-hit attack.11-year-oldsPALISADE – Monument’s Chapin Cude knocked Three Rivers relief pitcher Ken Resch’s first pitch over the center-field wall in the seventh inning to give the Grand Junction-based team an 8-7 win.The defeat knocked Three Rivers, who held a 7-4 lead in the fifth inning, into the losers-out bracket of the District 1 Little League Tournament at Palisade High School. They play the winner of today’s Fruita-Redlands/Orchard Mesa contest Monday at 3 p.m.Carder Ullom led Three Rivers with a 3-for-3 effort at the plate with three RBIs. Quinn Morehead had two hits and knocked in two runs in five at bats. Resch added two hits and scored three runs.Nine- to 10-year-oldsGRAND JUNCTION – Three Rivers forfeited its last remaining pool play game after suffering back-to-back losses to Cortez and Montrose earlier.


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