Meeker Beavers win Colorado River Valley Championship

Pictured in a team photo taken at the beginning of the season, the Rangely Braves are: top, coaches Ken Myers, Stan Wagner, Brian Winder and Kyle Wren; middle, Kevin Wren, Josh Dunn, Justin Cudo, Keihlin Myers and Ben Nielson; bottom, Drake Miller, Marstan Wagner, Angleo Friedrich, Sean Schultz and Fisher Winder

The Meeker Beavers jump in celebration afater winning the Colorado River Valley League Tournament in Rifle, defeating a “resilient” Rangely Braves in the championship game. This was the first year for both Rio Blanco County teams to play in the CRVL. Playing for and coaching the champion Beavers this season are: Zagar Brown, Dayton Ridgeway, Cooper Main, coach Brett Steinacher, Liam Deming, Coach Eric Brown, Peter Hanks, Braden Steinacher, coaches Jason and Danny Ridgeway, Hamp Hightower, Zach Eskelson, Zach Simonsen and Carter Strate.
The Meeker Beavers jump in celebration afater winning the Colorado River Valley League Tournament in Rifle, defeating a “resilient” Rangely Braves in the championship game. This was the first year for both Rio Blanco County teams to play in the CRVL. Playing for and coaching the champion Beavers this season are: Zagar Brown, Dayton Ridgeway, Cooper Main, coach Brett Steinacher, Liam Deming, Coach Eric Brown, Peter Hanks, Braden Steinacher, coaches Jason and Danny Ridgeway, Hamp Hightower, Zach Eskelson, Zach Simonsen and Carter Strate.
RBC I This was the first year youth baseball teams from Rio Blanco County joined the Colorado River Valley Little League, which includes Rifle, Silt, New Castle and now Meeker and Rangely, and it was a Rio Blanco County championship in the season-ending tournament, held in Rifle.

Pictured in a team photo taken at the beginning of the season, the Rangely Braves are: top, coaches Ken Myers, Stan Wagner, Brian Winder and Kyle Wren; middle, Kevin Wren, Josh Dunn, Justin Cudo, Keihlin Myers and Ben Nielson; bottom, Drake Miller, Marstan Wagner, Angleo Friedrich, Sean Schultz and Fisher Winder
Pictured in a team photo taken at the beginning of the season, the Rangely Braves are: top, coaches Ken Myers, Stan Wagner, Brian Winder and Kyle Wren; middle, Kevin Wren, Josh Dunn, Justin Cudo, Keihlin Myers and Ben Nielson; bottom, Drake Miller, Marstan Wagner, Angleo Friedrich, Sean Schultz and Fisher Winder
The Rangely Braves entered the double-elimination tournament with an 8-4 record and defeated the Huskers from Silt in the first round while the Meeker Beavers ended the regular season with a 7-5 record, defeated the Wolverines from New Castle to advance to the second round in the championship bracket.
Beavers coach Erik Brown said his team scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth and final inning to win 9-8 and then they defeated the Diamond Backs from Rifle to set up a semifinal game between the two Rio Blanco County teams, which the Beavers won.
“We had lost all three games against the Braves from Rangely in the regular season,” Coach Brown said.
The loss forced an elimination game between the Braves and the Diamond Backs and the Braves won to advance to the championship game against the Beavers.
“We won 5-3 over a resilient Braves team that played three games back to back,” Coach Brown said of the championship game against Rangely. “Rio Blanco County was well represented with a lot of great play and sportsmanship.”
“This was our first year in the Colorado River Valley Little League, and, overall, it went very well,” Rangely Braves coach Kyle Wren said.
Recreation league games started Monday in both Rio Blanco County towns.