Loss at state ends season for Gene Taylor’s

Roland McLaren kept the Gene Taylor’s baseball team in the game for a while Friday, but it wasn’t enough.

The Colorado Twins defeated Gene Taylor’s 11-3 in the American Legion A (19-under) state tournament at Fairview High School in Boulder.

“We hit a ton of balls right at people,” Taylor’s coach David Jahnke said. “We played well for about six innings, then fell apart.”

Taylor’s was eliminated, going 0-2 in the tournament. The state champion advances to the regional tournament next week in Fairfield, Calif.

McLaren pitched a complete game for Taylor’s. He allowed seven earned runs on 13 hits and struck out six in eight innings.

Taylor’s (18-17) took a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning on a two-run double by Zach Lebsock.

The Twins came back with four runs in the bottom of the fourth. The rally began with a double that reached the edge of the outfield grass and rolled to a stop.

The Twins added six runs in the sixth with the aid of a couple of errors.

Taylor’s scored one run in the eighth when Hutten Veatch singled home Stephen Baldwin.

Lebsock was 1 for 4, but hit the ball hard each time up, Jahnke said. Baldwin was 2 for 4 with a double.

American Legion B

Eagle Valley took advantage of a handful of Palisade errors to win 8-3 in the Legion B (18-under) state tournament at Northeastern Junior College in Sterling.

It was the first time Eagle Valley defeated Palisade in a half-dozen games this summer. Palisade defeated Eagle Valley twice in the district tournament a week ago.

“They hung around and we made errors at the wrong time,” Palisade coach Dennis Compton said.

Palisade pitcher Lane Ohrman allowed three earned runs on eight hits and struck out eight in six innings. Cameron Campbell pitched the seventh inning.

The Bulldogs (30-3) were limited to five hits, two by Jackson Shaw.

“We chased stuff,” Compton said. “We weren’t disciplined at the plate.”

The Bulldogs play Steamboat Post 44 in an elimination game at 11 a.m. today. The winner plays again at 4 p.m.


The Grand Mesa Major girls little league team lost 23-9 to Eastdale (N.M.) Little League in its first game of the Southwestern Regional tournament in Waco, Texas.

Grand Mesa allowed four runs in the first inning, but added two of its own in the bottom half of the inning.

Eastdale pushed its lead to 9-2 in the second inning. Grand Mesa scored two in the second to cut the lead to 9-4.

Eastdale put up six runs in the third inning and added eight in the fourth for a 23-6 lead.

“They were a really good hitting team,” Grand Mesa coach Kevin Rubalcaba said. “We gave up a lot of walks and they were finding a lot of holes.”

Grand Mesa scored three runs in the fourth.

Sierra Batchelor finished 2 for 3 with two RBI.

Grand Mesa moves into the losers’ bracket to play Evangeline (La.) Little League today at 7 p.m.


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