Monument wins 10-11 boys District 1 Little League title
Nobody said being a player on the Monument 10-11 boys Little League baseball team was easy.
“We practice every morning at 7:30 for two hours,” coach Sean Kreidler said. “They’re tired, but they get out there every morning ready to go. They just love baseball and they love each other. It’s a good group.”
Thursday, the team saw the fruits of that effort rewarded with a 20-2 win over Three Rivers in four innings to capture the District 1 championship.
Monument, which retained eight players from last year’s 9-10 state champion team, outscored opponents 71-2 in the tournament. Thursday, the team had 19 hits, 10 for extra bases.
“We just had the same fire as last year and never took it easy on anybody,” said center fielder Canon Kreidler, who hit a two-run home run in the first inning and also had a single and a double.
Monument got ahead early, scoring four runs in the first inning and one in the second.
In the third inning, the team broke loose, scoring eight runs on seven hits.
The inning started with three straight singles by Kreidler, Bryce Wikerson and Derek Shaver. Zach Rush flew out, but Kreidler was brought in on a walk by Jacob Brady. Tyler Boggs and Zachary Coutts then hit consecutive singles to score Wikerson, Shavery and Brady.
Jax Nourse later hit a double to score Coutts, and Kreidler reached again and later scored.
In the fourth inning, nine of the first 10 batters reached base, with seven scoring.
The inning included a triple from Boggs, doubles by Coutts and Kreidler, a three-run home run by Wikerson, and a solo home run by Rush.
Coutts pitched a complete game, notching eight strikeouts, using a mix of speeds to keep hitters off balance.
“If we did anything less than a state championship, we’d be disappointed,” Sean Kreidler said. “We feel if we go out there and play our Monument baseball, we’ll be state champs, but we know it’s not going to happen just because we’re Monument. We’re going to have to do what we do.”
9-10 Boys B
Three Rivers beat Monument B 25-2 in four innings Thursday to force a winner-take-all championship game at 6 p.m. tonight.
The teams first met in the opening round of the tournament, with Monument B winning 9-8. Three Rivers has won five straight games since the loss.
Palisade’s dramatic sixth inning resulted in a 4-2 win over Montrose and a spot in the championship game.
Nic White hit a three-run home run in the sixth and Matt Seriani added a solo shot to erase Montrose’s 2-0 lead.
Palisade advances to Saturday’s game at 5:30 p.m. at Palisade Little League.
Orchard Mesa 7, Monument 6: Orchard Mesa held on in an elimination game and plays Montrose at 5:30 today to get to the championship game.
Tristan Brown hit two home runs and Andrew Eaton one for Orchard Mesa, which led 7-5 entering the sixth inning.
Montrose scored one run in the sixth, but couldn’t push the tying run across. Jason Coffey homered for Montrose.