Monument LL All-stars own day 1 of Dist. 1 Playoffs

By: Phil Stafford Email
By: Phil Stafford Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO)-- District #1 Playoffs for Little League baseball/softball started with a bang on Thursday.

The Majors Boys team of Monument LL obliterated their first round opponent, Bayfield, 44-0 in four innings. Monument hit eight home runs in the game.

They advance to face Colorado River Valley on Friday night at 5:30pm. Their tournament is hosted by Glenwood Springs LL.

The only playoff game taking place in Grand Junction-area on opening night was the 9&10 "A" Boys from Monument and Grand Mesa.

Monument dominated the game from beginning to end for a 14-4 victory in 4 innings.

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  • by PleaseRead Location: Grand Junction,Co on Jul 11, 2012 at 04:48 AM
    Wow. I am sickened by the negative comments about this baseball team. I will not waste my time by addressing all the lies posted about this team, but I will take my time to address the hatred - as I know some of the boys are reading these comments. These boys are learning character and how to do their best. Sadly, they are learning what jealousy and ignorance look like too. If any of you 12u Monument boys are reading this, be proud of who you are and how far you have come. When you are doing something good and right, you will get noticed in some way. Let the positive comments inspire you and the negative comments fuel you. I don't know how far this team will go (you may not even make it out of districts/state) but it doesn't matter, because you are being taught to always give 100% and be the best you can be on or off the field. This isn't just about baseball, this is an example of life. Keep your head up, keep focused on your goals and don't let ignorance bring you down. Maybe some of these bloggers can come join a practice sometime to learn some honor and character. Let this teach you to not grow up to be a hater. Instead, always use your time and energy to better yourselves and those around you. I am so proud of this team and how far you have come. Most importantly I am proud of who you are. If you never win another game you are champions simply by the character you embrace.
  • by BS on Jul 10, 2012 at 09:32 PM
    The kids aren't doing anything wrong and are working hard to win. I blame the adults in charge. If it's not illegal by the official rules they are at least unethically skirting boundary rules by putting this team together. It's a pre-selected team (the other Little Leaguer's didn't have a chance in h*ll of making that team) full of a specific competitive team's players. How unfair to the kids that are truly Monument LL players? Makes a joke of the team and the undermines the integrity of the LL system. Good luck to the boys and play the adults shame on you. "But human nature dictates that there will always be cheaters. That's inevitable. Where there's money involved and glory, there are going to be people that cheat, and there will always be ways to cheat." --David Millar
  • by TiredofBabies Location: Grand Junction on Jul 10, 2012 at 07:09 PM
    This truly may be the most ridiculous argument I have ever heard. I am going to go out on a limb here and assume that everyone posting here is an adult. Unfortunately, I would have to say that no one here is acting like it. This seems like an argument that middle school boys would have. Why can't the valley be happy for these boys? They have made the choice to put in the time and effort to become this good and they are being rewarded for their work over the past few years. I understand that you may not be happy that all of the players come from one competitive team, but clearly the travel team is doing something right. Kids with talent want to play with other kids with talent. That is a competitive spirit that drives these kids to work. If you are going to let your jealously get in the way of these kids' goals, then I pity you. Tell me if I am wrong, but trying to get the other team outs because they are struggling is much better than having a score of 70-0 go in the paper. They had to make it four innings and the umpires enlarged the situation. If you have not been to a game, I am not certain that you are getting the whole picture and have any right to be complaining. Complain now, but please join the rest of the valley when the District tourney is over and root for the Western Slope. Let's set a good example for the kids and be positive. There has to be a winner and a loser, but let's be humble winners and proud losers.
  • by JDO on Jul 10, 2012 at 02:50 PM
    I love how Anonymous says how our kids couldn't get off bench, but he was good enough to play. Come on man, you couldn't play for the local softball team. Go back to California we don't need you here in Colorado. I hope Monument does something that no Colorado team has done. I will be cheering for our local boys .
  • by Baseball Location: Grand Junction on Jul 8, 2012 at 11:25 AM
    Let's make an important clarification. The Monument All-Star team is a traveling, competitive baseball team that is allowed to compete for Monument little league. Ask the numerous 12 year-old boys from Monument LL that were left off the all-star team because they do not play for the Mavs competitive team how they feel about the selection process. And don't assume that there aren't plenty of players on the other teams in this tournament that don't work hard year round. That deserve this just as much. So just because the Monument LL has crowned themselves, printed shirts that say "NEXT", and assumed that they will be in Waco doesn't mean that there isn't going to be a team that will complete with them and make them earn a win, whether it be in the district tournament or at state.
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      by BS on Jul 10, 2012 at 09:36 PM in reply to Baseball
      Well said!
  • by Coach Owens on Jul 8, 2012 at 07:41 AM
    This is what is wrong with the Grand Valley. I help coach the Monument All-Stars and am proud of it. These kids have committed 9 months a year for 3 years to position themselves to play at the highest level. I heard we couldn't compete at 5A when I took over at GJHS and we WORKED to be ranked #1 in the state. This valley will always have people who won't support the most successful teams and individuals. Others of us don't think it is good enough just to compete with Western Slope, we want more. So bring on Texas, no team from Colorado has ever made it to Williamsport, so we are going to WORK to give it our best attempt. Ask the Bayfield coach, the Tournament Director or the umpire how much class we had it the 44-0 game. We are not going to tell a kid to strike out on purpose, but we did everything we could to assist them in getting outs. We won't apologize for our success, work ethic or desire to do something that has never been done. SO BRING ON TEXAS, we want that opportunity while the rest of Colorado and the Western Slope sits back and watches.
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      by BTS on Jul 8, 2012 at 08:23 AM in reply to Coach Owens
      Thanks Coach Owens. Nothing is given or guaranteed in life and the kids are learning how to work to succeed. Having coaches teach to work hard, never quit, and don't expect anything to be given to you is exactly what I want for my son. I expect my boys to work for whatever it is they want to accomplish and Coaches as yourself who set huge goals and push them to meet those goals are assets to all of us! Why not set lofty goals and expect to reach those goals? I hope those boys achieve everything they've set out to accomplish. Everyone wants to be the best, but only a few are willing to do what's necessary to become the best!! Good luck to your team and thank you for setting high standards for our kids!
  • by JT Location: GJ on Jul 7, 2012 at 08:19 AM
    Why would you even say anything about Monument winning a baseball game 44-0. Shows how much class they have. Texas is waiting, so cancel your Williamsport reservations.
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      by MD on Jul 7, 2012 at 09:17 AM in reply to JT
      Why be a hater? This is a good group of boys that have worked hard for several years, so why not support a group of good local young men! As far as class, you should have been at the game, they stopped running after 15 runs and some kids even batted opposite hand. They cant help if they play at a level above the competition, nor should they have to apologize for it! Come watch the boys play before you start bashing!
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        by Bball on Jul 7, 2012 at 10:32 PM in reply to MD
        MD How do you know he wasn't there? They should be disgusted with themselves. And yes it IS classless of them and the coaches.
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          by JS on Jul 8, 2012 at 07:07 AM in reply to Bball
          If you knew allstar rules then you would understand.They have to play 4 innings and they bat until the other team makes 3 outs. This is allstars not teeball..
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          by Hatersnotwanted on Jul 9, 2012 at 09:22 AM in reply to Bball
          Disgusted? Classless? Really? Grow up & quit bad mouthing 12 year old boys! The Monument All-Star team is just that All-Stars not in just how they play but also their demeanor. You think they get satisfaction out of beating a team 44-0? No they don't!!!
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      by UADB on Jul 8, 2012 at 09:41 AM in reply to JT
      Where is the outrage? Fruita scores 37 against Ignacio, Grand Mesa scores 27 against Fruita, Montrose scores 23 against OM. Oh my! Guess none of the Little Leagues have any class. Little League District boss may want to set new rules, maybe score 5 switch, bat through order switch. Maybe we just tie and flip a coin for the winner! Better yet just rotate who wins each year. The kids never care, the parents cause the problems, the resentment is the same just a different team to hate each year.
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        by MI on Jul 8, 2012 at 05:00 PM in reply to UADB
        One thing is for has become very obvious to me.Monument Little League is stacking the Grand Junction talent.This is apparent by the sorry state of Orchard Mesa and Grand Mesa over the past few years.These were once competitive leagues, that now get run off the field by much smaller leagues.Most kids in Junction now play on travel teams, and all the tallented ones who still play Little League, somehow ALL are playing at Monument? PLEASE! Most leagues have strict boundry lines that must be followed.This means that you MUST play in the league where you accually LIVE.Somehow this is either not being followed, or false residence is being used.Whatever the case, it needs to be brought to the attention of Little League International.Once the tallent is once again equally distributed, you will have a level playing field once again.And no more 44-0 humiliations.And no more Monument domination of these tournaments.Im just an outsider looking in, but its become pretty obvious whats going on, and someone needs to put an end to it.
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          by Bill on Jul 8, 2012 at 06:54 PM in reply to MI
          Since you're an outsider looking in let's clarify, Palisade was the majors champs last year, OM the majors champ the year before as well as regional champ, and I believe Grand Mesa the year before. OM girls this year are awesome and Fruita looks to have a darn good couple teams as well. Let's not disrespect the district little league here as its sure seems to run its cycle. What needs to be put to an end is the hypocritical BS being spewn by the ill informed especially when slamming a great OM team two seasons ago!
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          by RL on Jul 9, 2012 at 08:59 PM in reply to MI
          Did you realize that Little League allows District teams? Yes teams from large areas, such as Lubbock, Texas pick an Allstar team from the District, NOT the league. How would you like to be part of that? Now you have a huge number of kids who don't even get to participate at the District level.
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          by Anonymous on Jul 9, 2012 at 10:54 PM in reply to MI
          Your dead nuts wrong. I happen to have grown up in San Diego, in the east county town of El Cajon.Where we have played in little league series twice, and we eat teams like Lubbock Texas for breakfast.As far as the Junction scene goes, i was just giving my opinion. Its all just a waste of time really, when i look at Junction baseball, i laugh!!!! Everyone so emotional!!! When none of you know anything, and your kids would never even get off the bench in a place like San Diego.( or even Texas)
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