The Yankees earlier defeated the Royals, in a 19-3 rout. The Royals were the regular season league champions.
Telluride majors Red Sox, meanwhile, won the regular season title in their division, and started their league championship tournament Thursday night, after this edition of the Watch went to press.
"The long season of traveling to games twice a week has really paid off for these kids," said minors Yankee head coach Henry Lystad. "We've practiced hard between games, and now these guys really believe in themselves, and the experience of over twenty or so games has given them the confidence to take down the top two teams in the league this week."
The Yankees were dominant in the 90-degree-plus temperatures in Cortez Monday night as they took down the regular season league champions, and number one tourney seed, the Royals, in a game shortened to four innings by the ten-run mercy rule.
"We were pretty pumped up after that game," Lystad said. "Jack Jones pitched an unbelievable game. Their batters were absolutely stunned at his speed and accuracy. Every kid hit great and ran the bases with the confidence and cunning of seasoned veterans. I was so proud of their progress at that point. I hope the Red Sox can come back through the bracket and make it an all-Telluride championship game. I think that we have proven that we are the best two teams in the league now."
Seven Telluride Little Leaguers were selected to three all-star teams, and will represent Southwest Colorado Youth Baseball Little League in three different brackets at the District 1 Little League Tournament in Grand Junction, Cortez and Montrose, starting July 5. They are nine- and ten-year old all-star Andrew Farny; eleven-year all-stars Max Laws, Willy Hess, Willy Frownfelter and Jack Jones; and majors all-stars Tucker Brumley and Daniel Oldmixon.