Three Rivers suffers loss in tournament
AURORA – A good pitching outing by Colorado Springs Academy along with some ill-timed Three Rivers errors resulted in a 7-1 loss in Sunday’s semifinal game at the Colorado State Junior Boys Little League Tournament at the Arapahoe Little League complex.
Three Rivers’ playing roster consist of 13 and 14-year olds from Glenwood Springs, Carbondale and Basalt.
“We hit the ball, but they just weren’t falling in,” said Three Rivers’ manager T.J. Joiner of the team’s being limited to two scattered singles in separate innings.
In Three Rivers’ first at bat, Academy’s defense took away a chance for an early lead.
Beau Chicone, who had one of Three Rivers’ two hits, poked a long drive in the first inning that just missed going over the centerfield fence.
Academy followed up the defensive play by taking a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first, then boosting its lead to 4-0 the next inning on three unearned runs. All three scores were aided by Three Rivers fielding errors.
The All-Stars failed to generate an attack until the seventh.
Jeremy Christner scored the team’s only run of the game, when he raced home from third after a Academy infield throwing error.
Matt Miller singled in the inning, but was left on base.
The loss puts Three Rivers into a loser-out game this afternoon at 5 p.m. against the winner of Sunday’s Platte Valley/Grand County game.
If Grand County should win Sunday’s game, it sets up a rematch with Three Rivers.
In the tournament opener for both teams, Three Rivers defeated Grand County on Saturday.
Platte Valley of Bailey dropped a 8-1 decision to Academy for its first loss of the double-elimination tournament.
If the All-Stars win Monday, they will face Academy for the state title on July 23.
The winner of the Colorado state championship game advances to the Southwestern Regional Tournament in Alexandria, La. on August 3-9.
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