What a Rush:  Zach Rush hits pair of HRs in Monument’s rout

Zach Rush hits pair of HRs in Monument's rout

Monument Little League’s Zach Rush, right, is greeted at the plate Saturday by teammate Derek Shaver after hitting a solo home run in the top of the second inning of the team’s victory over Colorado Springs in the Major Boys state tournament at Monument Little League. Rush hit two home runs in the game.



Zach Rush cracked two home runs, including a three-run shot to break the game open as Monument beat Colorado Springs 13-5 in the second round of the Little League Major Boys state tournament in Grand Junction.

The victory puts Monument in the championship game Monday night, 7 p.m., at the Monument Little League fields.

Meanwhile, Colorado Springs will play an elimination game at 10 a.m. today against South Boulder, which eliminated Steamboat with a 10-0 victory Saturday.

Jax Nourse pitched the first four innings for Monument and didn’t allow a run, drawing praise from Monument manager Sean Kreidler.

“It was a great pitching performance. He was really dominant,” said Kreidler, who limited Nourse’s pitches so he would be available to pitch again Tuesday, if necessary.

Rush’s three-run home run helped Monument push its lead to 8-0 before Colorado Springs finally got on the board with Nourse no longer pitching.

“(Rush) really propelled us offensively,” Kreidler said.

After Springs scored three runs, Monument answered with five to keep a comfortable cushion.

9-10 Girls

Kelty Key and Nicole Roberts combined on a no-hitter Saturday as the Grand Mesa Thunder beat Hidden Lake 5-0 in the Little League 9-10 Girls fastpitch softball state tournament at Hidden Lake.

Grand Mesa advances to Monday’s 5:30 p.m. championship game, while Hidden Lake and Academy play an elimination game today.

Thunder manager Kristi Courter said Key missed most of the week of practice because of strep throat, but she pitched the first two innings Saturday. She struck out the first five batters and got the sixth one to pop out to her.

Roberts then pitched the final four frames, striking out nine. She surrendered several walks and hit a batter, but no one got past second base. Two runners who tried to steal second were thrown out by catcher Sierra Dunham.

Dunham also did her part at the plate, hitting a double, one of Grand Mesa’s five hits.

Courter said the Thunder didn’t have its normal offensive output, but the pitching and defense made the five runs plenty. Grand Mesa did not commit an error.

9-10 Boys

Carson Lee stood out on the mound and at the plate Saturday, leading the Monument 9-10 A Boys to a 12-9 victory over Academy in an elimination game at the state tourney in Steamboat Springs.

Lee’s three hits included a pair of three-run home runs, and he drove in eight runs. He also earned the victory by pitching the first 4 1/3 innings, allowing only one run. Lee struck out the side on 12 pitches in the first inning, and Monument scored four runs in the bottom of the first to take control of a game it led 10-1 at one point.

Chavis Nourse went 3 for 4 with three doubles, and Jadin Berta was 2 for 3 with two doubles for Monument, which plays in the championship game at 10 a.m. today against South Boulder. Monument must beat South Boulder twice to win the title.

■ South Boulder beat Monument 10-2 on Friday. Monument coach Brandon Cruz said his team was leading 2-0 when it gave up 10 runs in the bottom of the fifth without allowing a hit. South Boulder seized upon walks and errors, he said.


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