Roundup: Fruita softball goes 3-0


Wildcats win every way imaginable

Fruita Monument won one close game, one not-so-close game and a bona fide blowout Friday in the Dave Sanders Invitational.

The Wildcats edged D’Evelyn 3-1, with Mallory Paulson striking out eight batters and allowing only three hits. Fruita also managed just three hits, but two of them were triples. Kendra Williams tripled and scored on a passed ball in the first inning and Paulson drove in a run with a triple in the fourth.

Paulson struck out seven batters in Fruita’s 12-3 win over Bear Creek and Mariaha O’Dell went 3 for 4 with two doubles and three RBI. Again, Paulson allowed only three hits and was helped out by an 11-run third inning. Fruita had 12 hits.

In a game that lasted only 21⁄2 innings, the Wildcats scored 21 runs in the second inning in a 23-2 rout of Smoky Hill.

Jenni Sneddon allowed two runs on three hits and Hannah Mahnke went 3 for 4 with a triple and five RBI. Rayel Padgett went 3 for 3 and drove in three runs and Sneddon drove in three runs on a pair of base hits.

Central went 1-2 on the first day of the Dave Sanders Invitational, losing 10-2 to Edmond (Okla.) North, edging ThunderRidge 13-12 in 12 innings and then losing 15-1 to Loveland.

Palisade went 2-0 in the Berthoud Tournament, beating Mead 11-7 and Skyline 15-2. Shelby Rubalcaba picked up the win in each game.

College Tennis

Mavericks drop close match to Emporia

The Colorado Mesa University women had the edge Friday against Emporia State, but couldn’t finish and lost 5-4 in Pueblo.

The Mavericks, who beat Fort Hays State 8-1, had an early lead in the No. 3 doubles match between CMU’s Skyler Nelson and Nicole Lessley and Emporia’s Emily House and Abby Morris, but fell 9-7.

No. 2 singles player Kaitlan Sera won both of her singles matches, and teamed with her twin sister, Kelleen, in two No. 1 doubles wins.

The men’s team lost 8-1 to Metro State and 6-3 to CSU-Pueblo.

Mesa’s only win against Metro was by No. 2 singles player Andres Hernandez, who beat Gabriel Vlahos 6-4, 6-2.

Against Pueblo, the Mavs had wins from Alex Barrios at No. 3 singles, the No. 1 doubles teams of Brason Hollabaugh and Hernandez, and the No. 3 doubles team of Sterling Inouye and Forrest Kennel.


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