Bats power Warriors to easy win in Cortez; GJ falls late to Durango
The Central High School baseball team found its offense.
One day after the Warriors were limited to three runs on three hits against Durango, Central rolled to a 27-17 victory Saturday over Montezuma-Cortez in Cortez.
Durango 5, Grand Junction 4: The Demons pushed a run across in their final at-bat to hand Grand Junction its first Southwestern League loss of the season.
The winning run came against Stephen Baldwin, who came in relief of Chandon Rose in the seventh.
The Tigers (9-2, 4-1 SWL) took a 3-0 lead in the second, but Durango came back and took a 4-3 lead in the third. Grand Junction tied the game in the fifth.
Delta 23-13 Glenwood Springs 10-4: The Panthers took advantage of several walks to win the first game.
Nathan Trujillo hit for the cycle to lead Delta (10-2, 7-0 WSL) in the second game.
Hotchkiss 12-5, Olathe 1-1: Jaime Rodriguez was 5 for 7 with three runs scored and three stolen bases to lead the fifth-ranked Bulldogs (9-1, 8-1 WSL) to a league sweep.
Cesar Macias pitched a complete-game, five-hitter in the first game. Rodriguez picked up the win in the second game.
Roaring Fork 8-6, Cedaredge 1-2: The Rams’ pitching silenced the Bruins’ bats to sweep a league doubleheader.
Grand Valley 5-12, Basalt 4-9: The Cardinals scored four runs in their final at-bat to win the first game and rolled to a win in the second game.
The District 51 swim team won a triangular at El Pomar Natatorium with a 291.50 total team score, defeating Montrose and Glenwood Springs.
Austin Acree led the Griffins with state-qualifying swims in the 100-yard butterfly (56.57 seconds) and 100 backstroke (56.31).
Acree, who swam at Grandview last season before moving to Fruita Monument, was in his first meet of the season after missing the first half due to ineligibility.
“He’s got skills,” District 51 coach Dale Leonhart said. “But we smoked it today overall.”
In addition to Acree, Tyler Fair qualified for the 200-yard individual medley with a 2:06.65, Tyler Walton made the 100 freestyle with a 49.78 and Carlos Matthews qualified in the 500 freestyle in 5:11.39.
The Griffins’ 200 medley relay also marked a qualifying time in 1:43.20.
Fountain-Ft. Carson rolled to a 6-2 victory over Central in a nonleague game at Long Family Memorial Park.
Krista Ferguson and Cierra Pennal scored goals for the Warriors.
Cortez 3, Palisade 1: The Panthers scored two second-half goals to defeat Palisade.
Courtney Clark scored on an assist from Natalie Combs for the Bulldogs’ only goal.
Fruita Monument went back to the basics and it paid off.
The Wildcats (4-3) rolled to a 17-4 victory over Glenwood Springs at Canyon View Park.
Wyatt Allen scored four goals to lead Fruita. Cody Young had three goals for the third consecutive game.
Battle Mountain 12, Grand Junction 7: The Tigers had a 5-3 halftime lead but were outscored in the second half 9-2.
“We played well in the first half, but ran out of gas,” Grand Junction coach James States.
Grand Junction goalie Kolton Flick finished with 13 saves and the Tigers (3-4) had 24 shots on goal.
Grand Junction scored 10 goals in the second half to rally from a three-goal deficit to defeat Aspen 12-9 at Canyon View Park.
“We controlled the ball in the first half, but the ball just wouldn’t go in (the net),” Grand Junction coach Kathaleen Recker said. “We came out and played like we know how in the second half. It was a great comeback win.”
Kacie Jay led the Tigers (5-0) with five goals. Santana Martinez had three and Emma LeFebre scored two.
Track & Field
Rifle finished with the top overall team score at the Eagle Valley Invitational with a 209.
Joey Kuheim led the girls finishing first in the shot put with a throw a 38-9.25.
Taylor Webb led the boys winning the 110-meter hurdles in 16.29.