Bulldogs regroup to split WSL doubleheader
Palisade High School’s baseball team bounced back from losing its first game in league play Saturday to split a Class 4A Western Slope League doubleheader against Glenwood Springs.
The Demons (6-4, 3-2 WSL) scored five runs in the top of the eighth to win the opener 14-9 in extra innings, but Palisade (8-4, 6-1) ended the second game early, scoring three runs in the bottom of the sixth to win by the 10-run rule, 15-5.
Palisade trailed 9-5 in Game 1 and rallied with two runs in the sixth and two in the seventh to force extra innings. The Bulldogs had the bases loaded with two outs in the bottom of the seventh.
Palisade coach Aaron Howard said his players showed their character by regrouping to win the second game.
“You’re never sure how they will respond after losing a game,” Howard said. “The responded well in Game 2 and got the win.”
Troy Levinson led the way at the plate in the nightcap, with two hits, including a three-run triple in Palisade’s seven-run fifth inning. He finished with four runs batted in.
Bobby DeSantis, Josh Hovis, Zane Abeyta and Kurtis Grady joined Levinson with two hits, and Devan Lucero pitched a complete game for the win.
DeSantis finished the day with five hits.
Montrose 15, Montezuma-Cortez 3: Kameron DeVincentis laced four hits, including two triples and a double, and drove in three runs to lead the Indians to a Southwestern League rout.
Josue Perez and Peter Shearer also drove in three runs for Montrose (9-2, 4-2 SWL).
The Panthers dropped to 5-8-1, 0-6.
Durango 16, Fruita Monument 9: One day after losing because it surrendered a nine-run inning to Montrose, the Demons used a nine-run inning to hand Fruita its first SWL loss.
The Wildcats (10-6, 6-1) led 9-7 after five innings, but Durango unloaded in the bottom of the sixth.
Casey Dunlap led the Demons (6-6, 2-4) with four hits, all for extra bases, including a home run.
“We couldn’t get him out,” Fruita coach Ray McLennan said.
Blake Dunlap added three hits, including a home run, for Durango.
Relief pitcher Conner Harmon was tagged with the loss, but McLennan said, “He kept us in the game.”
Chad Goodrich led the Wildcats with three RBI and was joined by Cuba Bess and Luke Goodrich with two hits.
Rifle 7-9, Steamboat Springs 1-8: Rifle (9-4, 6-3 WSL) picked up a doubleheader sweep over Steamboat Springs.
In the first game, Bailey Hoffmeister pitched a complete game and limited the Sailors (5-6, 2-6) to five hits. Hoffmeister pitched six scoreless innings after giving up a run in the first. He finished with five strikeouts and one walk.
Dalton Bornholdt had three RBI and three hits, including a two-run home run, to lead the Bears’ 14-hit attack. Layton Stutsman added three RBI and had two hits, including a double.
In the second game, Rifle rallied from an 8-3 deficit with five runs in the fifth and one in the sixth.
The Bears’ Morgan Robison pitched four scoreless innings of relief. He didn’t give up a hit, struck out four and walked one.
The sophomore also had a three-run double.
Alex Gould added two hits and two RBI for the Bears.