Central blanks Poudre for 2nd straight shutout

The Central High School baseball team posted its second consecutive shutout, blanking Poudre 10-0 on Tuesday at Suplizio Field.

Michael Price pitched the first two innings, and Francisco Rubio threw the final three, each allowing one hit to combine on the shutout. Price struck out five, Rubio fanned two, neither issued a walk and both hit one batter.

“Twelve innings, no runs, four hits, that’s a tribute to our pitching staff, the way we’ve been throwing,” Central coach Chuck Yost said of the back-to-back blankings.

Jeremy Champlin paced the Warriors, going 3 for 3 with two doubles. He drove in two runs, both coming on a double in Central’s five-run second inning. Frank DiThomas hit a two-run single in the first inning and drove in three runs with a 2-for-2 performance, and Alex Schaneman added two hits for the Warriors (3-1).

Central played a complete game, and Yost noted his squad didn’t make an error.

“It was a good win for us,” he said. “We just need to keep the momentum and stay on track.”

Palisade 13, Delta 2: Tass Crow pitched 3 2/3 innings of, no-hit relief, as the Bulldogs pulled away with four runs in the fourth and six in the fifth to win their Class 4A Western Slope League opener by the run rule in five innings. Crow allowed two walks and struck out one.

“Tass Crow came in and shut them down,” Bulldogs coach Steve Moore said. “He made them hit the ground ball, and we made the plays.”

Caden Woods, who led Palisade (2-1, 1-0 WSL) with three hits, delivered a two-run double to highlight the fifth-inning outburst.

Rifle 18, Grand Valley 0: The Bears (2-1) scored 10 runs in the bottom of the fourth to cap the scoring in a nonleague game limited to five innings by the run rule.

Bailey Hoffmeister pitched four scoreless innings to earn the win, and he reached base in all five of his plate appearances, going 1 for 1, drawing two walks and getting hit by two pitches. Teig Hauer went 2 for 2 with a double and three RBI for Rifle, and Danny Bartels’ one hit was a three-run home run.

Hotchkiss 4, Roaring Fork 1: Cesar Gonzalez limited Roaring Fork to three hits and one walk, and he struck out 12 batters in pitching a complete game. The lone run off him was a first-inning home run.

Devan Rupe, Brayden Wilson and Gonzalez led the Bulldogs with two hits apiece.

Other scores: Eagle Valley scored four runs in each of the first two innings to rout Battle Mountain 12-2.

Girls tennis

Central swept the singles matches as it defeated Montrose 6-1 in a Southwestern League dual.

Aimee Basinski led the way for the Warriors with a 6-0, 6-0 triumph at No. 1 singles. Central also rallied after losing the first set to get three-set wins from Abby Bridgett at No. 3 singles and the No. 4 doubles team of Tory Bryant and Amber Jack.

Montrose’s lone win came from its No. 1 double team of Kellyn Alexander and Coleen Edwards, who fended off Hannah Keeling and Bryce Lambert after dropping the second set.

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