TRLL offense falters in second regional loss |

TRLL offense falters in second regional loss

Phil SandovalGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GRAND JUNCTION – A lack of offense hurt Three Rivers in the first half of an eventual 11-6 loss to Louisiana state champion LaPalce Saturday night.Three Rivers finished its second Southwest Region tournament pool play game with three hits. All came in separate innings. The loss dropped Three Rivers to 0-2 in pool play and eliminated them from any possibility of advancing to Tuesday’s single-elimination playoff round.Luke Jacob’s first-inning, two-run home run over the left-field wall gave Three Rivers an early lead it took into the second frame before starting pitcher Jordan Hirro got cuffed for four runs.LaPalce shortstop James Krawczyk cracked a long homer across the street from Files Field at the Grand Mesa Little League complex as the key blow to a four-run rally that forced Hirro from the mound for sub Taylor Meyer after giving up a one-out double to No. 9 hitter Austin Vicknair.Meyer, tagged with the loss, allowed one of Louisiana’s runs in the second before getting out of the jam.Three Rivers pulled back from a 5-2 deficit to 5-4 in the third when Lamont Gross scored from second on a LaPalce fielding error plus Trent Reeds’ RBI single that scored Alex Rascon. A third run was thwarted when Jacob was tagged out at the plate by Louisiana catcher Grady Geiger on left fielder Henri Faucheux’s relay throw.The District 1 champions took a final lead in the top of the fourth when Meyer and Scott Hoffman scored for a 6-5 lead.LaPalce regained the lead for good in the bottom of the inning when it parlayed RBI singles by Shane McNeil and Ritchie Terrio, a Meyer walk and an infield error to go up 7-6.Louisiana added to its lead on separate two-run rallies in the fifth and sixth.Faucheux, LaPalce’s leadoff hitter and Vicknair had three hits each. McNeil earned the win. He allowed two of Three Rivers hits in four innings of work with three strikeouts and five walks.Three Rivers concludes tournament play against Colorado state champion Westminster (1-1) Monday evening at 8 p.m.

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