Central uses 5-run fourth to get past Fruita
Fruita Monument kept it close through three innings, after which the Wildcats just couldn’t catch a break.
A five-run fourth inning propelled Central to a 9-0 win over its Grand Valley rival in Southwestern League baseball at Suplizio Field on Friday.
“That fourth inning broke it open,” Fruita coach Ray McLennan said. “It wasn’t that they hit (pitcher) Doran (Wood) that hard. It was a combination of a lot of things. They got a nice bunt down, and we just didn’t seem to get an out. We’d throw a strike, and the ball would bounce away from our catcher. The inning just kept going on and on.”
Noah Sanchez picked up the win for Central (2-1). Michael Price, Josh Weller and Alex Schaneman had two hits apiece for the Warriors. Kyle Serrano had a two-run double.
Casey Mays had a triple for the Wildcats (2-3).
Montrose 12, Palisade 10: Skyler Haynes picked up the win, and each team collected 12 hits at the plate as Montrose emerged from a 4A Western Slope League slugfest with a victory.
Pete Shearer had two hits and four RBI for the Indians. Josh Robertson and Haynes finished with three hits apiece.
Troy Levinson and Tass Crow each had three hits for the Bulldogs.
Fruita Monument gave up the first goal, then no more, as the Wildcats defeated Telluride 7-1.
Zac Twardowski scored three goals to lead Fruita, Jacob Lynch had a goal and two assists, and goalie Corey Henricksen made five saves for the Wildcats, who outshot Telluride 38-13.
“We’ve had a very rough and rocky start, so getting the win tonight was very nice,” Fruita coach Mark Young said. “Our defense has been playing really well all year. The thing the offense finally did today, they started believing in everybody. They finally passed well, set up a play, set up good shots. We worked the ball around, and it pays off when you do that.”
Grand Junction 11, Durango 2: Scott Foster and Paul Dohm scored three goals apiece, and Jake Knight added two goals for the Tigers (1-1).
Steve Foster led Grand Junction in assists with three, and goalie Kolton Flick made eight saves for the Tigers, who outshot the Demons 35-11.
“We had great offensive possessions and great ball movement,” Tigers coach James States said. “Our defense played great team defense, and our goalie, Kolton, he didn’t face many shots, but the ones Durango got were really good shots, and he played great.”
Fruita Monument took a four-goal lead late in the game then held on to beat Durango 12-11 at Durango.
Lauren Sullivan and Lindsey Burenheide scored three goals apiece, and Burenheide added three assists to lead the Wildcats, who also got two goals each from Alyssa Urban, Naomi Neuville and Katlyn Henderson. Goalie Courtney Petek made 13 saves for Fruita (1-1).
“Our girls played really well, much better than earlier this week,” Wildcats coach Mark Twardowski said.
Grand Junction 19, Aspen 7: Halle Harrison scored five goals, and Kacie Jay had four goals and five assists to lead the Tigers.
Christina Sewell added three goals for Grand Junction, and goalie Beth Jennings made 10 saves for the Tigers, who outshot Aspen 32-15 and limited the Skiers to one goal in the second half.
Andonia Apergis’ second-half goal was the difference as Columbine edged Grand Junction 1-0.
Grand Junction goalkeeper Lupe Torres made 10 saves.