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Price A.L. team loses in tournament but gain experience

Joe Mckinnon takes off for first after an infield hit in the game on Saturday.

The Price American Legion team got the opportunity to play against some good baseball teams as they spent the weekend participating in the Helper American Legion Tournament. Even though they went 0-4, Coach Willie Ellington felt like it was a learning experience for his boys of summer.

On Thursday night, Price lost to Kearns 11-2. They dropped the next one 15-5 to Utah's Perfect Game on Friday before losing 14-6 to Cyprus. On Saturday Price faced Western Slope, Colo. for their final 7-4 defeat.

Opening up play on Thursday night against Kearns, Joe Mckinnon took the mound. He went the distance in the loss. Kearns was smarting from a 6-0 loss to Helper in the prior game and was looking for redemption. Price was able to stay in the game early, but a few key errors in the field and on the base pads let Kearns run away with the game.

Utah's Perfect Game is a team made up of All-star players. Jonathan Garcia was on the mound for Price. In the third, Price struggled with fielding errors and Tyson Damron was brought in to finish the game.

Price actually had Cyprus down 5-0 early in their game, but some of the same problems from the previous game let Cyprus back in the game once the bats went cold for Price. Nico Velasquez went five innings before Anthony Montoya came on in relief. Max Misner went deep for a two run homer in the first.

Price again took the lead as they played Western Slope for their final game of the tournament. Joe McKinnon was back on the mound for the local boys. In the third, Western Slope grabbed the lead and kept it for the rest of the game.

Montoya and Velasquez were named to the Tournament All-star team.

Ellington summed it up well.

"Even though we were 0-4, this will help us be better prepared for the mini state tournament this season. We made mistakes and I hope we learned we can't quit when those things happen. The good teams keep playing and that's how they win."

Price will take on Roosevelt Tuesday (today) in a double header at the CEU fields with the first game starting at 3 p.m.

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