Three Rivers Little Leaguers head to state
The Aspen Times
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.
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