Harmless single leads to big inning in Palisade’s loss to Woodland Park
One inning got away from the Palisade High School baseball team and the Bulldogs couldn’t recover.
Woodland Park turned a harmless bloop hit into a big inning to defeat Palisade 7-3 on Saturday in the Bill Fanning Classic at Suplizio Field.
“That one inning hurt us,” Palisade coach Steve Moore said. “I think that fly ball could’ve been caught. I think they got four runs off that.”
Palisade starter Pete Lelich got himself into a jam in the third, but had two outs when a pop-up by the Panthers’ Charlie Jones fell in short left field, scoring the first run of the game. One batter later, Chris Driscoll doubled in two runs. He scored on another single for a 4-0 lead.
That was enough for Woodland Park’s Evan Lays, who limited Palisade to two runs on five singles in 42⁄3 innings of relief for the victory.
“This is a team game, hitting is huge and we did not adjust to their pitcher,” Moore said. “You don’t win hitting 15 to 20 pop-ups. We needed to hit line drive, ground balls and make them make a play and today we didn’t do that.”
Palisade’s defense didn’t help out much, making six errors.
Otherwise, Lelich was effective in his first varsity start, allowing six runs on seven hits in five innings.
“I thought Pete threw really well,” Moore said. “For the first time being on the mound, he had pretty good velocity. He still needs to work on his off-speed stuff.
“We got to play good defense behind him. We can’t make six errors. It’s way too many. We work way too hard in practice for that.”
Fruita Monument 9, Prairie View 2: The Wildcats didn’t need a comeback this time. They had it under control from the start.
After giving up two runs in the first inning, Drew Bridges shut down the Thunderhawks to give Fruita its third win in the tournament.
“I felt we were in control the whole game,” Fruita coach Ray McLennan said. “We did a good job of finishing them off in the fifth. There are a lot of things we need to work on, but we’re heading in the right direction.”
Bridges limited Prairie View to two runs on two hits and struck out 11 in four innings. Gage Lovern allowed one hit and struck out three in three innings of relief.
The pitchers had plenty of help from the offense, led by Ryan Blair, who was 3 for 4 and Dallin Wright, who was 3 for 3. Bridges helped himself out with a solo home run at spacious Canyon View Park.
Grand Junction 12, Horizon 2: The Tigers broke open a tie game with four runs in the third on their way to a second run-rule victory.
Michael McGovern was 4 for 4 with two RBI and Casey Burns was 2 for 4 with two RBI.
Garrick Lemley picked up the win, allowing one earned run on two hits with five strikeouts in six innings.