Fruita splits pair in N.M. tourney

The Fruita U18 summer baseball team split two games Saturday but remains alive for the championship of The High School Weekend tournament in Farmington, N.M.

Fruita lost its first game Saturday, 10-1 to Cleveland of Albuquerque, N.M., when things went awry in the bottom of the fourth of a game that was 1-1 at the time. Fruita coach Ray McLennan said he thought a Cleveland batter struck out for the third out, but the home-plate umpire said it was merely strike two. Cleveland then proceeded to score nine runs with two outs on a variety of hits, only one of which McLennan called a well-hit ball, and a pair of walks and two errors.

“It was one of those innings that you just couldn’t get out of,” McLennan said. “Everything that could go wrong went wrong.”

The one thing that went right for Fruita was a solo home run by Cody Basinger.

Basinger then led an offensive onslaught as Fruita beat Piedra Vista 13-5 in a game shortened to five innings by the eight-run rule.

Basinger went 3 for 4 with a double and drove in five runs. Luke Goodrich had two hits, including a double, and two RBI, and James Stagg doubled and drove in two runs. Fruita, which scored six runs in the third inning, finished with 11 hits.

Colton Chamberlain pitched all five innings for Fruita to earn the win.

Fruita (16-8) plays two games today, 9 a.m. and noon, and with two wins it could claim the championship, which is based on records, depending on what Cleveland and Piedra Vista do. Each of the teams has one loss entering the third and final day of the tourney.

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