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Wins and losses for Price American Legion

Sports reporter

On Wednesday, June 10th the Price American Legion Team took on Roosevelt for a pair. They went down with a nine to six and a seven to five defeat. On Friday, They split with Evanston and took a 14 to one win and a seven to zero loss. Then Vernal came in on Saturday and again a split, first an 11 to one loss and then an eight to four win. Finally on Sunday Rock Springs handed down Price an eight to zero loss before they took the game two with a five to four win.

Johnathan Garcia took the mound on Wednesday and was pitching a shut out game into the fifth. Price was ahead five to zero before their defense lost it's focus and errors piled up, as did Roosevelt's runs. The sure win turned into a sour loss as the team gave up nine runs in the final innings of the game. Joe McKinnon came in for relief to finish up the game.

McKinnon started in the second game and again errors in the Price defense let Roosevelt put runs on the board. Levi Graff came on in relief and shut down Roosevelt in what Coach Willie Ellington described as his best pitching thus far.

"We should have won. These are important games because this is one of the teams we will face in the mini-state tournament," said Ellington after the game, "Our guys just can't make that many errors. And our pitchers need to learn location. We need to clean up our act and we will do pretty good."

Friday was Evanston's turn to visit. Price pounded their opponents with 14 runs. Garcia hit one over the fence and Joe Lopez pounded a triple and had five RBIs. Levi Graff went five solid innings on the mound for Price. Tyson Dameron also had a three bagger.

But Evanston shut down the Price bats in the second game to shut them out. Price only managed three hits in the game. McKinnon took the mound and was awarded the loss.

Only three hits were all Price could manage on Saturday as Vernal handed them a big defeat. McKinnon again took the mound and the loss. Graff started the second game of the double header and this game the offense was there to back him up with seven hits and eight runs. Nico Velazques and Garcia posted two RBIs in the win.

In a rare Sunday game, Price started out being shut out by Rock Springs. Garcia was on the mound for the loss. The team only managed four hits in the game and couldn't get the key hits to drive a run for a score.

But to finish it off, in the second game of the double header, Price and Rock Springs played to a four to four stalemate into the bottom of the ninth. Rock Springs gambled and gave Garcia an intentional walk. He was up on second when Joe Lopez hit one right up the middle. Garcia scored in the second to give Price an exciting finish in the last three days of ball.

Ellington was pleased with the team's effort over the last three games, "I am excited, especially from our pitchers. I need to get them to go the distance, at least six or seven and they are doing that. It was a good week of playing. We have a good crowd. The boys started off just wanting to have fun, but now they are playing competitively and working hard."

The team is expecting to take on Green River at home on Tuesday (today) but the game might be rescheduled. They travel to Green River for on June 19.

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