JUCO World Series
MLB Play Ball clinic is Thursday
Major League Baseball and Play Ball give kids a chance to be on the same field as players from the Alpine Bank Junior College World Series.
Thursday beginning at 5:30 p.m., kids ages 4-13 can work on baseball skills at Suplizio Field with players and coaches from JUCO.
There will be 10 stations featuring different baseball skills, from pitching to fielding, manned by players or coaches from each team in the JUCO World Series.
The event is free and participants are asked to register at jucogj.org. Under the tournament tab, there is a link for the MLB Play Ball youth clinic.
GJ Trojans win tourney in Denver
The Grand Junction Trojans, an 11U team, won the USSSA Les. G. Cooper Memorial Tournament last weekend in Denver.
The Trojans (23-8), went 5-0 in the Triple A bracket to capture their first title of the season.
In the semifinals, Owen Richards pitched a five-inning complete game, allowing only one run on two hits.
In the championship game, the Trojans rallied from three runs down in the final inning to take the title. With runners on first and second and the score tied, Ryder Dobbs hit a walk-off single for the win.
The Trojans, ranked No. 2 in Colorado by USSSA, will play in the Triple Crown Walk-Off tournament on June 1-2 in Grand Junction.
Weather cancels 2nd round of state
Overnight snow left all courses unplayable, causing the second rounds of the Class 5A, 4A and 3A state tournaments to be canceled. As a result, first-round scores became final scores.
In 5A, Grand Junction's Brittlynn O'Dell finished tied for 20th after shooting a 7-over-par 79 on Monday. The Tigers' Jenna Greenlee finished tied for 63rd, as did Fruita Monument's Maddie Mascarenas.
The Wildcats' Rhenna DeCrow finished tied for 53rd.
In 4A, Montrose's Ashyln Manuel tied for 21st and Caraline Burwell tied for 66th. For Palisade, Makenna Shaw also tied for 39th, teammate Kathi Norell finished tied for 51st and Kayla Keith tied for 66th.
In 3A, Rifle's Masi Smith finished fourth and teammate Breanna Seay was 46th. For Dolores, Dimery Plewe tied for eighth, Kiara Lingenfelter tied for 18th and Kalli Partington tied for 69th. For Gunnison, Esperanza Antonarez was 29th, Taylor Alton tied for 31st and Randi Vincent finished 45th.