Platte Canyon Little League teams started play in the season-ending tournament. Monday, June 3, AA minors beat the Crocs 9-8. The majors lost 11-7 to the Grays. The AAA minors played their first game Saturday, June 1; they lost to the Great Whites 12-8. They played the Storm Tuesday, June 4, in the elimination game. AAA minors won 19-6. The Sharks edged the AA minors 6-5 Wednesday, June 5. They played the Screamers Friday, June 7, and won 10-6. The majors lost 4-1 to the Boykins. The AAA minors lost 14-13 to the Claws.
AA minors versus Ken Caryl Crocs
The Crocs started the game with three runs. Marcus Flores struck out three batters. The AA minors came back with three runs of their own, and the game was tied at three after the first inning. Flores struck out three more batters as the Crocs were held.
The AA minors added three and led 6-3 after two innings. Back came the Crocs with five in the top of the third. It was 8-6 going to the bottom of the third. Nathan Gulmantowicz hit a three-run home run, and the AA minors won 9-8.
Majors versus Ken Caryl Grays
The majors led 2-1 after one inning. Austin Cook struck out three batters. One by the Grays tied the game at two after two innings. The Grays went ahead 4-2 after three innings. They extended that to 11-2 after four innings.
A two-run single by Ben Scheck scored Dalton Davidson and Bennett Pontiatowski to make it 11-4. Kaid Bockus struck out the side after the bases were loaded.
The majors weren’t done scoring. Davidson hit a two-run single which scored Teague Bockus and Kaiden Aragon. Davidson went to third on a steal and scored on a bad throw to try and get Davidson at the plate. The Grays won 11-7.
AAA minors versus Ken Caryl Storm
The Sharks scored five in the top of the first. AAA minors responded with five of their own to tie the game at five. Trent Smith had a three-run home run. The Storm scored one in the top of the second. The AAA minors scored four to go ahead 9-6 after two innings.
There was nothing for the Storm in the top of the third. The minors weren’t done scoring. They scored five more. A two-run double by Lucas Tamberline gave them the five runs that ended the inning. Again the Storm were held. Five more by the minors gave them 19. The minors won 19-6.
AA minors versus Ken Caryl Sharks
The AA minors got off to a good start. A two-run single by Kier Bockus put the minors ahead 2-0. Bockus then struck out the side. The last one was with the bases loaded. After holding the minors, Bockus struck out the side again and it remained 2-0 after two innings.
The minors were held in the top of the third. The Sharks cut the lead in half at 2-1. The Sharks took their first lead after four innings at 6-2. With one run in, M. Flores and Garrett Jackson both walked with the bases loaded. The Sharks won 6-5.
AA minors versus Ken Caryl Screamers
The Screamers took an early 2-0 lead. With the bases loaded, Skouge and Bockus walked to tie the game at two. The minors scored three more and led 5-2 after the first inning. The Screamers were held in the top of the second. Five more made it 10-2 after two innings. The Screamers scored four, but time ran out and the minors won 10-6.
Majors versus Boykin
The first three innings were scoreless. Boykins had a runner on third. He tried to score on a steal home. Third baseman Teague Brockus threw to Hunter Harnsih who tagged the runner out. After holding the majors, Boykin scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth. They held them again and added one more run to make it 4-0. Pontiatowski was on second. He scored on a single by Davidson. Boykin won 4-1. The AAA season ended for the majors.
AAA minors versus Claws
The minors score one run in the top of the first and then held the Claws. The second was scoreless and it was still 1-0 after two innings. The minors scored five runs in the top of the third. The Claws had scored one run and the bases were loaded. Ebaugh was in to pitch. He struck out the first batter. He threw to Ashlyn Smith at the plate for a force out and then struck out the last batter. It was 6-1 after three innings.
The minors were held and then the Claws scored and added five to tie the game at six after four innings. Each team scored five in the fifth to make it 11-11 after five innings. The minors scored two runs in the top of the sixth. The Claws came back with three to win 14-13. The season is over for the AAA minors.
“This team had minimal practices due to weather, and they stuck together and pushed each other to become a great team,” Coach Smith said. “We only have one baseball season per year and the kids in town play year round, to be competitive really speaking to the athletic talent of our players. Our players improved their skills and demonstrated great sportsmanship. Couldn’t be more proud of a team. I really appreciate the help of our assistant coaches.”