Out of sync: Errors costly for rusty Grand Mesa Senior Boys

As Grand Mesa’s Stephan Douglas waits for the ball Saturday, Platte Canyon’s Ty Bently slides in to score a run during Platte Canyon’s 11-1, five-inning victory in the Senior Boys state tournament at Grand Mesa. The two teams meet again today at 10 a.m.

The Grand Mesa Little League Senior Boys all-star team couldn’t shake off the rust.

Heading into Saturday night’s state tournament game against Platte Canyon, Grand Mesa hadn’t played a live baseball game in more than one month.

Platte Canyon took advantage of Grand Mesa’s unforced errors, and defeated Grand Mesa 11-1 in five innings.

“It’s hard because we only have 13 guys, so we haven’t had any live action,” Grand Mesa manager Ben Garner said. “The errors were a big factor.”

Both teams started slow, with neither team getting a hit in the first two innings.

Platte Canyon broke the game open in the top of the third inning, scoring nine runs, including a two-run home run from Zack Boline.

Grand Mesa got a run back in the bottom of the third on an RBI single from Dominic Huey.

In the fifth inning, Boline hit an RBI double to give Platte Canyon the 10-run difference it needed to end the game early.

“We can’t get down on each other,” Garner said. “Hopefully the kids hear what I said and step their game up.”

The Senior Boys tournament was originally supposed to be a three-team tournament, but District 5 representative Cherry Creek dropped out.

With only two teams competing for the title, Platte Canyon can end the tournament with a win at 10 a.m. today over grand Mesa.

9-10 Baseball

At Monument Little League, host Monument cruised past Summit 20-3. Monument advances to play Tri-Lakes today at 12:30 a.m. Tri-Lakes defeated South Boulder in the first game of the day 8-7.

10-11 baseball

Monument Little League began the state tournament in Westminster with a 4-1 win over North Boulder.

Monument was led by Ryan Biggs and Kaden Heinsma, who both went 2 for 3. Biggs hit a home run in the second inning.

Jax Nourse started the game for Monument and got solid relief from Danny Antonucci and Heisnma.

Monument advances to take on Academy today at 3:30 p.m. Academy defeated Grand County in its first game 10-0.

Major Baseball

Orchard Mesa Little League opened up the Major state tournament in Summit with a 10-0 win over North Boulder.

Orchard Mesa was paced by Trey Garcia, who kept North Boulder off the scoreboard before handing off to Sinja Garrett and Thomas Eaton, who finished off the shutout.

Garcia also led the way offensively, finishing the day with two doubles, a single and a triple.

Orchard Mesa takes on Academy today at 11:15.

Juniors baseball

The District 1 team, made up of players from Grand Mesa and Palisade, defeated Steamboat 9-3 at Hidden Lake Little League in Westminster.

District 1 faces High Plains today at 3:30 p.m.

9-10 softball

Orchard Mesa earned a bye at 9-10 softball state tournament at Arapahoe Little League. In the first game, Shaw Heights defeated Academy 10-8.

Orchard Mesa takes on Shaw Heights today at 10 a.m.


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