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Garden City, Ks (westernkansasnews)-If Finney County coach Lyle Befort was preaching to the congregation, his message would ring loud and clear: defense wins championships. It may sound cliche, but it defined the Blues 12-1 run-rule loss to Grand Junction in the semifinals of the Clanton Memorial Tournament on Sunday morning at Williams Stadium. 

“You have to play defense behind your pitcher,” Befort said. “Especially if he’s giving you ground balls and fly balls.”

That message was drowned in four Blues’ error, and by the time Finney County looked up, they had dug themselves a four-run deficit. 

“We’ve got about a week and a half to get our stuff together,” Befort said. “Hopefully we can get it going.”

Next up: Finney County travels to Colorado Springs on Thursday for a doubleheader (1:30 pm; 6 pm)

GRAND JUNCTION (12) AT FINNEY BLUES (1)

GRAND JUNCTION       AB  R  H BI  FINNEY BLUES         AB  R  H BI
Caden Woods           4  2  1  0  Robert Tomlin         2  0  0  0  
Troy Levinson         3  2  1  1  Isaiah Rodriguez      2  0  0  0  
Owen Taylor           2  2  1  0  Logan Dechant         2  0  0  0  
Zack Taylor           2  1  2  2  Jake Curran           2  0  1  0  
Tristan Lafferty      1  1  1  1  Edgar Montoya         2  1  0  0  
Cameron Campbell      3  0  0  1  David Acker           2  0  1  0  
Brett Labonte         1  1  0  1  Marcus Zapata         1  0  0  0  
Zane Abetta           2  2  2  1  Mario Montoya         1  0  0  0  
Easton Woods          3  1  2  1  Ivan Guttierez        1  0  0  0  
TOTALS               21 12 10  8  TOTALS               15  1  2  0

GRAND JUNCTION                424 20 -- 12 
FINNEY BLUES                  010 0x -- 1  

LOB--GRAND JUNCTION 5, FINNEY BLUES 2. ERR--Owen Taylor,
Robert Tomlin, Jake Curran, Edgar Montoya, Ivan Guttierez.
2B--Easton Woods, Jake Curran. 3B--Caden Woods. SACF--Zane
Abetta. SACB--Zack Taylor. SB--Caden Woods.

 GRAND JUNCTION                  IP    H    R   ER   BB   SO   HR
Walker Williams (W)            4.00    2    1    0    0    6    0
 FINNEY BLUES               
Jake Curran (L)                3.67   10   12    7    6    3    0
Mario Montoya                  0.33    0    0    0    0    0    0

PB--Caden Woods, David Acker (3). WP--Jake Curran.
BALK--Jake Curran (2). SO--Caden Woods, Brett Labonte,
Cameron Campbell, Logan Dechant, Edgar Montoya (2), Ivan
Guttierez, Isaiah Rodriguez (2). BB--Brett Labonte (2), Troy
Levinson, Tristan Lafferty (2), Owen Taylor.