Monument wins 9-10 Little League state title
The Monument Little League 9-10 baseball team can hit and pitch quite well.
During the 9-10 baseball state tournament at Monument Little League, Monument scored 45 runs and allowed only 12 runs in the span of three games.
Those gaudy numbers included Tuesday night’s 12-1 win over South Boulder to clinch the state championship.
“We try to play our game and we call it ‘Monument baseball for two hours,’ ” Monument coach Sean Kreidler said. “When we do that, we usually come out on top.”
Monument’s success in the state tournament has a lot to do with its potent offense.
Tuesday was no different.
Monument put together a seven-run second inning to jump to an 8-0 lead. Monument had the bases loaded twice in the inning, and cleared them both times.
Ben Spomer brought in three runs on an infield fly rule where Monument’s base runners Zach Rush, Brandon Lovato and Canon Kreidler all aggressively tagged up and scored.
“It wasn’t a powerful hit, but it was in play,” Kreidler said. “We are aggressive base runners and it was a big play.”
Bryce Wilkerson pushed the lead to 8-0 later in the inning with a two-run double.
Kreidler said it was important to jump on South Boulder early in the game.
“These are all good teams so if you don’t get to them early they’ll hang around,” Kreidler said. “I think that inning kind of took the life out of them.”
Monument pitcher Zach Coutts had a strong performance on the mound, giving up one run in the third inning.
Coutts walked in Andrew Raup before striking out Cole Carrigan to get out of the inning.
“When (Zach’s) on, he’s electric,” Kreidler said. “He’s not the biggest kid in stature, but he throws hard.”
Rush put the game away for Monument in the fourth inning with a two-run triple. Rush also finished the game on the mound.
“I know I’m biased, but this is a great 10-year-old baseball team,” Kreidler said. “They deserved it.”
Kreidler said the group will move up to the 10-11-year-old level next year, and have their eyes set on making it to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa., when they are in Majors.
“This is a good core that can do that,” Kreidler said. “We want to keep playing together and keep winning.”
With a 12-8 win over Shaw Heights in the championship game, the Orchard Mesa team became the first 9-10 softball team from OM Little League to win a state championship.
Orchard Mesa fought off numerous rallies from Shaw Heights with timely defensive plays.
Infielders Camryn Sanchez and Sabra Lawson both made plays to get Orchard Mesa out of innings with the bases loaded.
Melissa Gellermann pitched a complete game on the mound.
Orchard Mesa lived to play another day by defeating Academy 10-4 at the Majors boys state championship at Summit Middle School.
Orchard Mesa lost to Academy on Sunday, but has worked its way back into the title game.
Academy and Orchard Mesa play the ‘if’ game today at 11 a.m.
Monument had a close call go against them in the sixth inning, one that ended up costing them the game at Hidden Lakes Little League.
Monument was leading 5-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning when North Boulder had a runner called safe at first base with two outs. The call sparked North Boulder to score four runs and tie the game 5-5.
North Boulder scored one run in the seventh inning to win 6-5, and force a final championship game today at 6 p.m.