** CORRECTS NAME OF YOUTH LEAGUE ** Jericho Scott, 9, warms up on the pitching mound in New Haven, Conn. Saturday Aug. 23, 2008. Officials with the Youth Baseball League of New Haven say they will disband Scott's team because his coach won't stop him from pitching. They say his hard throws may frighten other players in the baseball league for beginners. (AP Photo/Douglas Healey).
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo - The Grand Mesa major boys little league All-Star team beat Montrose on Sunday to force a title-clinching game. On Monday Grand Mesa broke a 4-4 tie in the top of the third inning and never looked back on their way to the Championship.
Cole Rupe played an outstanding game, hitting a 2-run home run to deep center field that scored Skyler Hancock and put Grand Mesa up 6-4.
In the top of the fourth inning Rupe hit a ball that just missed clearing the fence in left and drove in Hancock and Jeremy Champlain for a 2-RBI single. At that point the score was 9-5.
With two outs and Grand Mesa leading 10-6 in the bottom of the sixth inning, Rupe threw strike three looking to seal the victory and give Grand Mesa the District-1 title. They will now advance to the State tournament.