Monument 11-year-old boys win state Little League crown

Monument scored 13 runs in the first inning and routed North Boulder 17-1 in four innings for the 11-year-old Boys Little League state title Sunday at Cherry Creek.

Beau Thornton and Blake Andersen each hit a three-run home run in the first-inning outburst. Andersen, Marcus Lee, Jared Chapman and Levi Prall added doubles as part of Monument’s 12-hit attack. Monument also drew five walks and took advantage of three North Boulder errors.

“We had a great hitting practice (Saturday), and we came in (Sunday) and just flat out got it done,” Monument manager Trent Prall said. “We hit the ball hard. Those doubles, all but one were off the fence, just inches from being home runs.”

Andersen pitched a complete game, scattering seven hits over four innings. North Boulder’s run came in the top of the fourth.

“They really didn’t play up to their potential in the state tournament until today,” Prall said, referring to Monument fielding errors in previous contests.

Monument committed no errors and didn’t walk any batters.

“They took care of business,” Prall said.

The state title was the second in a row for Monument, which went 7-0 in the postseason. The 11-year-old division of Little League does not advance beyond the state level.

9-10 Boys

South Boulder defeated Monument 13-3 to claim the championship of the 9-10 A Boys Little League state tournament in Steamboat Springs.


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