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Three Rivers Little Leaguers head to state

Dale Strode
The Aspen Times
The Three Rivers Majors All-Stars include (top, left to right), head coach Scott Houston, assistant coach Scott Fitzwilliams, Jake Ticer, Sam Fitzwilliams, David Reilly, Rio Kauffman, Cole Houston, Assistant coach Ted Kauffman. Front row, left to right, Jon Haisfield, Jake Reardon, Joey Beverage, Matt Rigney, Luke Morrisey, Jack Pevney and Sam Richie.
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The Three Rivers Little League All-Stars are headed to the state tournament

The Three Rivers Major All-Stars (ages 11-12) qualified for the state championships next week with a dominating performance in the District 1 championship game in Grand Junction.

The Three Rivers team, including players from Aspen, Basalt, Carbondale, Glenwood Springs and Eagle, won the District 1 title game 11-1 over Monument, a Grand Junction-area team.



The state championships will start next week in Fraser, near Winter Park.

The team opened the district playoffs with a 10-0 win over Fruita.




The local team then defeated Monument 12-2 before routing the Colorado River Valley All-Stars 22-2.

That set up a rematch with Monument for the district title. Three Rivers won 11-1.

Consistent hitting and strong pitching propelled the Three Rivers team.

The local squad is the first to qualify for the state championships in 15 years.

Following is the Three Rivers Majors All-Stars roster:

Jack Pevney – Aspen

Matt Rigney – Aspen

Sam Richie – Aspen

Jon Haisfield – Aspen

Jake Reardon – Basalt

David Reilly – Eagle

Luke Morrisey – Eagle

Joey Beverage – Eagle

Jake Ticer – Eagle

Rio Kauffman – Glenwood Springs

Sam Fitzwilliams – Glenwood Springs

Cole Houston – Glenwood Springs

Manager/Head Coach – Scott Houston

Assistant Coach – Ted Kauffman

Assistant Coach – Scott Fitzwilliams

League President – Steve Martin

“The kids are fitting together well,” said Houston, the head coach.

“The two keys for us are we have a couple of strogn pitchers in Sam Fitzwilliams and Jake Ticer, and everybody else can play anywhere,” Houston said of the versatile team of regional all-stars.

During the season, they played with their respective teams in Aspen, Basalt and Eagle.

As per the Little League model, the all-star players are selected to move on to the postseason playoffs.

Houston and the coaches then blend the new team together.

“Fortunately, this week we were able to try a lot of kids in a lot of different spots,” Houston said as the team moves on to state.

“They’re all doing very well,” he said.

dstrode@aspentimes.com

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