Monument forces second game with Boulder for Major Boys title

Monument Little League blasted North Boulder early to avenge its one Major Boys state baseball tournament loss Wednesday and force a second game for the championship.

Monument scored 13 runs in the first inning on 10 hits and defeated North Boulder 15-1.

Beau Thornton hit a three-run home run in the first inning for Monument’s only extra-base hit.

Monument pitchers Zach Rush and Carson Crone combined to scatter two hits over four innings.

Monument plays North Boulder at 6 tonight to determine who will represent Colorado in next week’s Southwest Regional tournament in Waco, Texas.

Post Oak (Texas) claims crown in
Intermediate regional tourney

Post Oak Little League of Houston, Texas, had never been to a regional in any baseball division until the creation of the Intermediate Division this year, according to coach Mark Rome.

Now, it will take another step and play in the first-ever Intermediate World Series in Livermore, Calif., after fending off a team from the other side of Texas, Floyd Gwin Little League of Odessa, 7-5 in Wednesday’s championship game of the Southwestern Regional at the Grand Mesa Little League sports complex.

Winning pitcher Blake Fertitta threw the first six innings, allowing four runs and striking out eight, and Hayden Rome pitched the final frame, earning a save as he struck out Floyd Gwin’s cleanup hitter for the final out.

Post Oak also made a huge defensive play in the in the sixth inning, as right fielder Hayden Rome threw out a runner at the plate for the final out.

“It was huge,” said Mark Rome, who also is Hayden’s father. “Had they scored, it would have been the fifth run, and they’d still have runners on base.”

Post Oak trailed 4-2 until it scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth, then added two runs in the sixth for a 7-4 lead.

Fertitta also delivered at the plate, going 2 for 3 with a home run and three RBI.


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