TRLL slugs way to back-to-back wins
Powered by an explosive offense, Three Rivers Little League’s 11- and 12-year-old All-Stars are rolling along in the District 1 Tournament.On Sunday, Quinn Morehead homered, Tanner Banc went 3-for-3 with four RBIs and Johnny Nieslanik was 2-for-4 as Three Rivers bombed Palisade 16-0 in a four-inning, mercy-rule victory.Starter Dakotah Grett and relievers Tanner Nieslanik and Dylan Rakowski combined to pitch the shutout.Three Rivers plays again Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. in the district semifinal against either Monument or Grand Mesa.”Those are traditionally the top two teams,” Three Rivers manager Eric Gross said. “We’re hoping to challenge them.”Against Montrose on Saturday, Johnny Nieslanik bashed a pair of home runs and scored three times in a 2-for-3 day and Banc homered and score twice as Three Rivers coasted to a 15-4 win.Caiden Sorenson handled the starting pitching duties, throwing three innings while notching the win. Johnny Nieslanik relieved and struck out the side in the fourth and final inning of the mercy-rule shortened District 1 Tournament opener.Morehead chipped in with a 3-for-4 day at the plate to pace Three Rivers.
With a nine-inning, 10-8 win over Fruita on Saturday and an 11-1 mercy-rule romp of Cortez on Sunday, the Three Rivers 11-year-old All-Stars are hanging tight in the District 1 Tournament bracket.A win over either Grand Mesa or Palisade – who played each other Sunday afternoon – today would give Three Rivers a shot at the district title. If the team is able to successfully run the table in the loser’s bracket, Three Rivers would have to beat whichever team emerges from the winner’s bracket twice to win the double-elimination tournament.
Three Rivers Little League’s All-Stars started pouring it on in the first inning and never looked back in a 14-4 10-run rule win over Montrose on Saturday to kick off junior league District 1 Tournament play.”We really laid in on them,” Three Rivers manager Thor Reeds said. “The first inning we hit through the whole squad. We’ve got a really good team.”Jordan Hirro got the starting nod for Three Rivers. Luke Jacobs and Alex Rascon chipped in with solid pitching performances in relief.”Pitching was the key,” Reeds lauded.Either Cortez or Palisade – who played each other late Sunday night – await Three Rivers in a second-round game tonight at 8 p.m.
Colorado River Valley Little League’s inaugural All-Star squad saw its season come to an end with an 18-12 elimination-game loss to Cortez in the 11- and 12-year-old District 1 Tournament on Sunday.Newly chartered CRV – this year comprised of players from Rifle and Silt – battled in a seesaw offensive clash but couldn’t muster the firepower to push past Cortez late in the game.”It was a team effort,” CRV manager James Ray said. “They got in there and they battled. It was Goliath vs. the little guy and we were the little guy, but it was a good season overall.”Aaron Wagler, Mitch Ray and Tristan Quigley handled the pitching duties, keeping CRV close in what proved to be a slugfest.CRV exited the tournament with a 1-2 record after beating Orchard Mesa 15-3 on Saturday.
Three Rivers Little League’s 9- and 10-year-old All-Stars saw their District 1 Tournament run come to an end on Sunday with a 9-0 loss to Montrose.”We just struggled with the bats,” Three Rivers manager Paul Gonzales said. “We had good pitching but slow sticks today.”
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