Price AL take second place in Rangely
The Price American Legion team had a great weekend of baseball capped off by one bad inning that left them in second place at the Rangely Tournament in Colorado.
Starting off against a good Rangley team, Price dropped their opener 6-5 to the home team on Thursday before bouncing back to beat Union 7-8.
On Friday they knocked off Moab 5-3 and then took down Middle Park, Colo. 4-2. On Saturday they had to face Rangely for the championship and sailed along until the sixth before losing 8-3 to settle for second place.
In the Thursday opener, Tyson Damron took the mound and threw a complete game. He helped himself out with two RBIs in the losing effort. Nico Velaquez stole two bases.
Against Union it was Joe McKinnon starting for Price. He went deep into the sixth before Levi Graff came on to close it and get the save. Graff was pitching his first game since breaking his foot before the season started.
McKinnon posted three RBIs and had an inside the park home run after belting the ball deep. Then a throwing error from Union that allowed him to score. Dorian Scoville and Max Misner both doubled in the game.
On Friday, Velaquez was on the rubber, but left the game after two. Jonathan Garcia came on in relief and finished the game for the win. Anthony Montoya, JD Grasso, Velaquez and Stewey Jones all hit a two bagger in the game.
Price faced off against Middle Park and Montoya and Grasso threw in the winning effort. Garcia blasted out a triple and Scoville added a double.
Facing Rangley for the second time in the tournament on Saturday, Coach Willie Ellington sent Graff to the mound. Graff held Rangley to two runs until the sixth. Montoya sent Damron home twice for the two runs Price had scored. In the sixth it was knotted at two. Rangley poked three suicide bunts in a row and then Graff hit a batter and Damron was brought in to close it out. Price went on to score one more in the seventh, but the damage was done.
"We had trouble in the sixth," said Ellington about the loss, "But,we had our chances.We left runners stranded in every inning. In the fifth we left bases loaded. Several times we had runners on the corners and no outs."
He went on to add, "All in all it was a good tournament. We played good teams and very good ball. We had fun and it was a well run tournament."
Ellington went on to praise the play of his team. He pointed out that Garcia played great at second, ranging behind the bag to make some spectacular catches. He also complimented Scoville's efforts behind the plate and the fact he was there for all five games in a row. All-in-all he was impressed by the team effort everyone gave.
Price travels to Roosevelt on Friday to play Union at 3 p.m. for the first game of the Mini-state tournament. They will play again at 6 p.m. as well. The winner of the tournament earns a berth at the American Legion State tournament later in the month.