Monument ready for rematch in 9-10 boys

Monument’s Talon Berta takes his lead off third as Fruita’s Rem McLean looks on Thursday in Monument’s 14-4 win.



By KENT MINCER

After losing its opening game of the 9-10 year-old boys baseball tournament, Monument Little League had only one goal in mind.

The team wanted a chance to avenge Monday’s 11-8 loss to Three Rivers.
Monument gets its chance tonight. After wending its way through the losers’ bracket, Monument squares off against Three Rivers at 5:30 this evening at Orchard Mesa Little League in the tournament championship game.

Monument has to beat Three Rivers twice in order to win the tournament title.

Monument earned its way into the title game with its third victory in the losers’ bracket, defeating Fruita 14-4 on Thursday.

“We came through the losers’ bracket so we knew it was tough,” Monument coach Sean Kreidler said. “We knew we were going to face some good teams.”

They handled them well, winning their three losers’ bracket games by a combined score of 48-9.

Leading 5-2, Monument broke the game open with a five-run third inning, keyed by Tyler Boggs’ two-run double. Boggs had three hits, including another double, and drove in six runs.

“I think I hit to the gap twice,” Boggs said of going for extra bases.

“And I got him thrown out at third twice,” Kreidler said of Boggs twice getting caught trying to stretch a double into a triple.

Zach Coutts pitched four innings of two-hit ball, striking out nine. He stuck with his bread and butter.

“My fastball, that’s my main thing,” he said.

“I could pitch 1 through 11 with these guys,” Kreidler said of the depth of his staff.

Kreidler hopes for two more games this weekend.

“The championship’s not until Saturday,” he said of his desire to hand Two Rivers its first loss tonight.

In other Little League action on Thursday, Grand Mesa won the Major girls title, defeating Orchard Mesa 15-1 in Montrose.

Shelby Rubalcaba tossed a two-hit, complete-game victory, striking out 10.

Megan Cossett had three hits, including two doubles, and six RBI; Kenzie Lange had three hits and four RBI. Taryn Smith also had three hits.

Grand Mesa advances to the state Major girls tournament in Cherry Creek beginning July 25.

Orchard Mesa emerged as the lone unbeaten in the 11-year-old boys bracket in Montrose after defeating Grand Mesa 19-2 on Thursday.

Montrose scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to rally past Grand Mesa 8-7 in the Major boys tournament at Monument.


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