Austin Adderly takes the throw for an out at first in the opening game of a double header with Green River, Wyo. on Monday.
The Price American Legion baseball team spend the weekend playing some good ball teams in the Helper Tournament but struggled at the end of each and were unable to pick up a win over the weekend.
They faced off with Highland to open things up on Thursday and dropped a 20-4 loss and then lost 19-4 to Pocatello on Friday morning. Friday night they took on Helper and lost 9-2. On Saturday they finished with a 19-6 defeat to Kearns. On Monday they were defeated 6-4 and 22-8 double header at home with Green River, Wyo.
In the first game at Helper tournament, Helper jumped out with a four run first inning and were able to keep Highland off the bases in the first inning. Then in the second, a few errors and hits put Price in a hole. The team was unable to recover and took a big loss. Tyson Damron started on the mound for Price.
The early game on Friday with Pocatello followed a lot of the same pattern as Price was able to hang in the game in the first few innings, but then struggles on defense gave Pocatello the openings they needed to put the game away.
The late game with Helper had Damron back on the mound. Austin Adderly touched Helper for Price's first hit of the game. But again errors hurt the young team. They had seven errors and six hits.
Finally Price wrapped up their tournament play on Saturday. Price took an early 2-1 lead but could not hold it. Anthony Montoya hit a double in the second getting 2 RBIs. Tyson Damron went 3 for 3 with a single, double and a triple.
In the Green River games Price played a tough close opener. Anthony Montoya hit a two -RBI double in the second. Tyson Damron went 3 for 3 with a single, double and a triple.
In the second game it was an offensive show for both teams. Going into the fifth it was tied 7-7. But Price would only manage one more run the rest of the way.
"Our kids play pretty good early in the games, but once we commit an error or have a few runs scored against us, we struggle and can't seem to get back on track. But I think they just need to get a little more experience playing with the better teams to understand you can't quit" said coach Willie Ellington, "But so many kids today won't even try if they can't be the best and I give a lot of credit to my boys because they keep coming out and playing even when they are taking these beatings on the field. They play for the love of the game."