Bulldogs begin promising year with huge win
If the season-opener is any indication, the Palisade High School baseball team should be competitive again this season.
The Bulldogs got off to a good start, defeating Elizabeth 16-6 on Thursday in the Bill Fanning Classic at Suplizio Field.
“Our hitting overall was very good,” Palisade coach Steve Moore said. “We hit in some key spots.”
Palisade (1-0) drew 13 walks and scored 11 two-out runs.
Senior shortstop Mike Seriani led the way, going 4 for 4 with six RBI. Pete Lelich was 2 for 4 with three RBI and Jordan Salazar was 2 for 3 with three RBI.
The Bulldogs snapped a 4-4 tie with a five-run third inning — all with two outs.
Cody Krabbe started the rally with a single and scored on a wild pitch. Seriani drew a bases-loaded walk then Lelich and Salazar drove home the rest.
Palisade scored five more runs in the fifth with two outs to end the game by the run-rule. Seriani had a two-run single, Lelich had a RBI single and Salazar had a two-run triple.
Salazar (1-0) allowed six runs on 10 hits and struck out five for the victory. Tate Herland gave up one hit in one inning of relief.
Fruita Monument 5, Greeley West 3
TJ Pollock came up with what’s sure to be the first of many big hits for Fruita Monument, knocking a 2-RBI triple in the bottom of the fifth to put the Wildcats (1-0) up 3-2. Drew Bridges added a 2-RBI home run later that inning.
Greeley West added another run in the sixth inning, but Pollock pitched well enough in the final two innings to close out the win.
Cody Rahmann got the start for the Wildcats and threw five strong innings.
Fruita Monument takes on Elizabeth today at Suplizio Field at 10 a.m.
Grand Junction 9, Prairie View 3
Tyler Stanford limited the Thunderhawks to four hits and three walks and struck out six to lead the Tigers to victory.
The senior pitcher, though, gave up one run in the top of the first before settling down.
He did get help from an offense that slowly came around.
Andy Willett had two hits and drove in three runs, including a two-run triple in the sixth.
Grand Junction (1-0) had it’s leadoff hitter get on base each time in the third, fifth and sixth and scored at least two runs in those innings.
Tim Gastineau drove home the first run then Charles Willett had a sacrifice fly in the third.
Jayke Brock singled home a run and scored on Andy Willett’s single in the fifth. Gastineau doubled home a run in the sixth and Andy Willett had a two-run triple.