Offense propels Three Rivers to win in 10-11 boys game

Three Rivers catcher Zach Piccinati bobbles the ball Tuesday night as Fruita’s Levi Martin slides in to score in Three Rivers’ 17-7 win in the 10-11 boys Little League tournament at Grand Mesa Little League.

For the Three Rivers 10-11 boys baseball team, Tuesday’s 17-7, five-inning win over Fruita in the District 1 Little League tournament was simply a matter of picking up where it left off.

The two teams started their game Monday, which was postponed in the second inning with Three Rivers up 6-2.

Despite the break, Three Rivers’ offense didn’t falter, scoring nine runs on eight hits in the final three innings.

“I think we all stayed at the same focus level and we really just came out to play today,” Three Rivers third baseman Zach Piccinati said.

Fruita got the game within one run in the third and fourth innings.

In the top of the third inning, Fruita took advantage of two errors and a passed ball to score three runs and cut the lead to 6-5.

Three Rivers scored two in the bottom of the inning, but Fruita scored two more in the top of the fourth to make it 8-7. The inning included a double by Darren Davidson to score Levi Martin. Davidson then scored on a single by Skyler Kimbel.

In the bottom of the fourth, Three Rivers built the lead to 12-7, then sealed it with a two-run walk-off double by Tom Rybak in the fifth.

Piccinati drove in four runs for Three Rivers, three on a home run in the fourth inning.

With Davis Deaton and Cooper Cornelius on base, Piccinati hit a 3-2 pitch on the outside corner over the left-field fence and into the backyard of an adjacent house.

“It felt really good,” he said. “I pretty much knew it was going to go out.”

In the fifth inning, he had an RBI on a sacrifice fly to left field.

Major boys

The teams playing in the Major boys tournament started their games but couldn’t finish because of field conditions in Palisade.

Grand Mesa and Monument faced off, with Three Rivers playing Orchard Mesa in light rain but were called shortly after a lightning delay because of slick field conditions.

The two games are today at 5:30. Three Rivers and Orchard Mesa will play from where the game was called in the second inning, but the Grand Mesa-Monument game was in the first inning at the time of postponement and will be restarted.

9-10 boys A

Monument defeated Fruita 20-2 to win the District 1 championship in four innings in Cortez.

Monument’s Blake Anderson pitched a complete game, allowing only three hits.

9-10 boys B

Monument B defeated Colorado River Valley 6-5 to reach Thursday’s title game.

In an elimination game, Three Rivers beat Fruita 12-8 and plays Colorado River Valley today, with the winner advancing to the championship game.


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