GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — It was championship Friday at the Mesa County Fairgrounds.
The Orchard Mesa 8-10 Little League softball team played game 1 of their State Championship game against Colorado Springs on Friday. Orchard Mesa lost 17-5, and will play game 2 (and if necessary, game 3) over the weekend.
Little League has been a staple on the Western Slope since the 60s, engaging countless boys and girls with youth leagues during the summer and fall months. Kayleen Balsiger, the President of Orchard Mesa Little League, believes the sports help keep kids active and helps them meet friends outside of school.
“We really just do this for the kids,” Balsiger said Friday. “We spend a lot of volunteer hours out here. Parents spend a lot of hours bringing their kids out here for practice and for games.
“It’s really paid off, seeing the kids come out here and play these games, and get so excited and advance past districts and playing in state tournaments. They’re having a lot of fun, they put in a lot of work, and it’s starting to show.”
Registration is now open for Little League Fall Ball, which begins at the beginning of August. More information can be found on Orchard Mesa’s Little League’s website.