Three Rivers tops Cortez |

Three Rivers tops Cortez

Joelle MilholmGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

It was a close one, but the Three Rivers All-Stars, of Basalt, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs, came through.Playing in the Little League junior division’s semifinal game in Grand Junction, Three Rivers entered the final inning in a 6-6 tie with Cortez.The All-Stars scored two runs and then Jake Strack moved from catcher to pitcher to finish out the 8-6 win and earn a spot in the championship game.”It was a really good game, really stressful. It was a close game all the way through,” said Thor Reeds, the Jr. All-Star coach. “We scored runs and they didn’t. They were the home team, and we had to hold them off.”The game went back-and-forth and featured multiple ties before Three Rivers came through in the clutch. “They were really pumped up,” Reeds said of his team.Cortez’s lineup was full of good hitters and good pitching, according to Reeds, but he said his team outperformed them. Six different hurlers took the mound to keep pitch counts down, while several Three Rivers hitters had big nights.Luke Jacobs and Mario Gonzalez each went 3 for 4 with two doubles, while Alex Rascon went 3 for 4 with a double and Taylor Mayer went 2 for 4 with a double. Three Rivers totaled 15 hits, while Cortez was held to nine. The All-Stars also limited their fielding errors to two, while Cortez committed four.”I think they were the team to beat, and we didn’t beat them because we got lucky,” Reed said. “We beat them because we were the better team.”Cortez will now face Grand Mesa today and the winner will take the diamond with Three Rivers in the title game on Thursday at 8 p.m. at the Grand Mesa Little League Complex.

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