Central gets revenge vs.Palmer Ridge

Flash back to last spring.

The Central Warriors suffered their only run rule loss to Palmer Ridge High School, 12-1. Robert Chandler, then a junior, hadn’t even thrown a varsity pitch.

Saturday, behind a complete game three-hitter by Chandler, the Warriors topped Palmer Ridge 5-2 at Canyon View Park.

Chandler’s first career start was steady. In seven innings, he struck out two, walked four and gave up only one earned run. Chandler carried a no-hitter through 5 1/3 innings before giving up a triple to the right-field gap.

“It felt great to come out and do that for the team,” Chandler said. “I believed in my defense. The guys behind me gave me the confidence to throw my best game.”

Central (7-4, 1-2 Southwestern League) scored first on Kyle Rowe’s RBI single. Chandler helped his own cause with an RBI double, the only extra-base hit Central had.

“(Chandler) did a great job,” coach Chuck Yost said. “He hit spots and kept them off-balance.

“Noah Sanchez had two hits and as a team we played good defense. We played consistent, steady baseball. We still need to improve on putting the ball in play, we had a few too many strikeouts. But it’s a confidence booster for us because these guys really put it to us last year. It’s great to come back like that.”

Sanchez, along with Nick Hill and Jeremy Champlin, had multi-hit games. 

Central now has to prepare for cross-town rival Grand Junction. The Tigers sit one spot above the fifth-place Warriors in the SWL standings, and both teams have lost to Fruita.

Palmer Ridge 23, Palisade 8

Palisade’s struggles against Palmer Ridge continued. In the past two seasons, only twice have the Bulldogs lost by the run rule. The first was a shutout loss last year against Palmer Ridge, and Saturday’s 23-8 loss at Canyon View Park.

Palisade (6-2, 1-0 Western Slope League) was riding high heading into the second game of the doubleheader. The Bulldogs had won three straight, including a win over league rival Delta. But two nine-run innings were too much for Palisade to overcome.

“We have to get ahead in the count and make the adjustment,” Palisade coach Steve Moore said. “If there’s an umpire not calling curves, we have to make that adjustment.

“I think in every aspect we didn’t do well. Starting with pitching, we didn’t get ahead in the count. Our fielding was terrible and even though we scored eight runs, we didn’t hit well. We need to put a complete game together.”

Palisade takes on league-leader Eagle Valley on the road next Thursday, the start of a six-game road trip for the Bulldogs.


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