Burns pitches well as Grand Junction tops Pueblo South

Casey Burns and the Grand Junction Tigers decided it was time.

Time for Burns to start at pitcher.

His recovery from basketball season over, Burns tossed a complete-game four-hitter on Saturday in a 7-1 win at Pueblo South.

“Now he’s ready to go,” Grand Junction coach Kyle Rush said, “and he’s pretty special. Hopefully he’ll help us win a few games for us to get in the playoffs.”

Burns, who was not injured but simply resting from the hoops season, gave up a solo home run in the first inning.

However, he allowed only three hits to Pueblo South (8-7).

Sean Rubalcaba, Marcus Wirth, Jeff Hansen, Chandon Rose, Hutton Veach and Burns all doubled for Grand Junction (10-6), which snapped a three-game losing streak.

“It was just time where we needed (Burns),” Rush said. “He really wanted to pitch and he pitched pretty special.”

Palisade 12-6, Moffat County 2-2: Palisade swept a doubleheader from Moffat County as Cody Higman pitched four innings for a win in the first game in five innings and Lane Orman pitched a complete game for a win in the second.

Palisade (12-2, 7-0 4A Western Slope) has won six straight.


Rifle’s Ryan Moeller ran a 50.53-second 400-meter dash at the Rifle Invitational, a time that before Saturday would have been second in that event in Class 3A.

Rifle won the boys division with 124 points, followed by Elizabeth (95) and Coal Ridge (88).

Also for Rifle, Aaron Wagler won the 800 run (2:04.65) and its 3,200 relay team (Adam Rice, Jake Statler, Aaron Wagler, Tanner Rust) won in a time of 8:25.32.

In a girls division won by Battle Mountain, Hotchkiss, which took second, was led by Jennifer Celis, who won the 400 dash (58.39) and 800 run (2:23.75). Her 400 time, before Saturday, would have ranked second in Class 3A. Celis owns the top 800 run time in 3A at 2:16.65.


Grand Junction broke a 2-2 tie, scoring five goals in the fourth quarter to defeat Summit, 7-3.

Kris States had a pair of goals for the Tigers (9-4), who had 40 shots.


Kacie Jay had six goals as Grand Junction (7-1) defeated Fruita Monument, 18-11 at Colorado Mesa University’s Walker Field.

Fruita (5-5) , which was led by Lindsey Burnheide’s six goals, led 5-4 at halftime.


Leah Swander scored twice as Grand Junction (8-3, 6-2 Southwestern League) defeated Montezuma-Cortez, 2-0.

Cortez (3-8-1, 1-6) had only three shots.

Durango 2, Fruita Monument 0: Raquel Delgado and Brooke Milliet scored as Durango downed Fruita (9-4, 5-3 Southwestern League).


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