Bats help ‘Cats sweep DH
The Fruita Monument softball team came out swinging Saturday in a doubleheader sweep of Durango at Kronkright Complex.
In the two games, the Wildcats had 28 hits and scored 27 runs.
Fruita won the first game 15-4 in five innings, highlighted by an 11-run second inning.
The Wildcats had six extra-base hits, all doubles.
Mariah O’Dell led the team with two doubles and three RBI.
In the second game, the Wildcats rallied behind Mallory Paulson’s shutout, winning 12-0.
The doubles continued for the ‘Cats, who had five more. Makenzie DeCrow hit a solo home run as part of a four-run seventh inning.
Paulson allowed only two hits and had 12 strikeouts.
Fruita Monument came one match short of a sweep in a 6-1 win over Durango.
The Wildcats’ only loss came in No. 1 singles, where Vinny Castellini lost 6-1, 6-2 to Ryder Searle.
In the No. 2 singles match, Fruita’s Tanner McKenzie rallied after dropping the first set Clay Haidaris to win 2-6, 6-4, 10-7.
Fruita swept all four doubles matches in straight sets.
Central lost its third straight match, falling at home to Montezuma-Cortez.
The Warriors (4-8, 2-3 SWL) lost 25-15, 25-21, 22-25, 25-22.
“We need to be playing as a team and working together,” Central coach Beth Nelson said.
Robbi Termentozzi led the defense with eight blocks and had seven kills. Taylor Head led Central with 10 kills.
Demi Ruder added 16 digs and two aces.