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Price Legion team finds some momentum

Price second baseman Nick Rhoades makes a throw to first in an earlier game

Sun Advocate sports reporter

The Price American played a tournament Rangley Colorado hoping to find some momentum before their Mini-state tournament this week.

It was a wooden bat only tournament. The Price boys went 3-2 and garnered a second place finish.

They beat Rangley's Rio Blanco 3-2 and then lost 4-2 to Moab. They bounced back with a 4-0 shutout over Coal Ridge and then dominated Rio Blanco 10-0 in a rematch. But they ran out of steam as they lost 12-5 to Palisades in the championship game.

In the first game Tyson Damron took to the mound and threw eight strike outs on his way to the win. Defense was solid and only committed one error behind him.

Price had nine hits on offense. Carl Willson was 3 for 5 with a couple singles and a double. Austin Barber also had a double. A few of the players struggled with the wooden bat only rule.

In game two, Price had nine hits and two errors. The pitcher was Joe Lopez with five K's. Bowan Lacotta had a pair of doubles. John Grasso went 3 for 3. Austin Barber had a double and a single.

Carl Willson threw a shut out against Coal Ridge in game three. He had seven strike outs. And the team played error less behind him.

Price blasted out 11 hits as they began adjusting to using a wooden bat. Bowan Lacotta had two doubles to lead the offensive effort.

Price ruled Rio Blanco in the rematch and ended the game early on the 10 run rule. Tyson Damron was back on the mound and had no trouble sitting down his opponents. Price pounded out 10 more hits. Carl Willson and John Grasso had doubles.

Price finished with their fifth game of the tournament for the Championship. They were ahead 5-0 going into the fifth before the wheels fell off. Joe Lopez started the game and was sailing along. Then errors and base running mistakes from Price let the tide turn and they settled for second place.

Carl Willson, JD Grasso and Tyson Damron were named to the All-Tournament Team.

"Those guys really deserved it. JD really showed up with the bat. Carl Willson really pitched well. Tyson did well all around, both offense and defense," added coach Willie Ellington. "This was a good tournament with some tough teams and we played some of our best baseball so far this year."

The team was going to play Roosevelt on Friday in Price for the first round of the mini-state tournament, however that game has bee canceled and Price moves on to Oquirrh Park in Kearns to play on Saturday. At press time Ellington still did not know who they would face.

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