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Price American legion wins 4 of 5 over weekend

Levi Garff pitching against CNCC, in the playoffs. Price took third place in the tournament defeating Jackson in Rock Springs, Wyoming.

Sports reporter

While most of us were being drenched in the rain showers this weekend the Price American Legion team found baseball playing weather as they traveled north to Green River, Wyoming.

More than the sunny weather was good for them, as they found themselves taking third place for the first time in two years since becoming a team.

Starting off with a 13 to12 win over Lowell, Colorado then beating the Green River Knights (home team) 11 to six, Cheyenne, WY was their next victim, falling nine to three.

The Colorado Northwestern all-stars (CNCC) handed Price their only loss with a six to zero shutout. But Price regrouped to finish off with a six to three win over Jackson, WY.

In the first game Joe McKinnon took the mound and gave up a three run homer in the first.

But Price returned the favor with a three run blast off the bat of Joe Lopez to tie it up setting the game up to be an offensive slug fest. Levi Graff came on in relief and helped the Price boys stay one run ahead for the win.

In game two against Green River, Tyson Dameron threw 12 strike outs to lead Price over the Knights. Graff hit his first homer as a legion player in the game.

Good pitching helped Price again in their third win of the tournament as McKinnon went the distance on the mound. Price then got a bit of a break when their next opponent, Rawlings, WY forfeited with a no-show.

CNCC all-stars have beaten Price earlier in the season and the boys knew that the game would be tough.

Their bats went silent as they could not push even a single run over for a score. Graff held the all-stars to six runs. Even after the loss, coach Willie Ellington was happy with his team's effort in the game.

For third place bragging rights, Price was the winner over Jackson. Graff went six innings and Dameron came in to close things out. Graff and Lopez took a turn at sending one over the fence to help seal the victory for Price.

"It was a good tournament for us," said Ellington, "We are playing together as a team. They have a good attitude and a desire to win. They're finally finding their confidence."

He went on to say, "We've had a few bumps on the road. They're good kids, but some have a few moral issues that we are working on. I spend a lot of time with them on things besides just baseball.

The team gives these kids a chance to find positive ways to be successful. If they aren't within arms reach you can't reach them. They are coming along and I still enjoy being with the kids and the coaching."

The team will get some well deserved rest before taking on Desert Hills on Thursday in the Helper tournament.

Helper's game against Hunter last Wednesday was rained out and will be made up Sunday after the tournament.

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