Central baseball team hammers Cortez
Central batters Montezuma-Cortez 14-3
Central High School trailed 3-2 after three innings Friday, but the Warriors outscored Montezuma-Cortez 12-0 the rest of the way to win 14-3 in a Southwestern League game in Cortez.
Trey Garcia paced Central’s 18-hit attack with four hits and Michael Price added three hits, including two triples. Brandon Martinez, who started and earned the win, also had three hits for the Warriors (9-2, 2-1 SWL). Jeremy Champlin pitched three scoreless innings of relief to earn a save.
The Panthers dropped to 5-4-1, 0-3.
Grand Junction 10, Durango 6: The Tigers trailed 4-0 after four innings, then rallied with two runs in the fifth inning, four in the sixth and four in the seventh for the SWL win.
The Tigers (8-3, 1-1 SWL) had only four hits, but they took advantage of two walks, 6 hit batsmen, four wild pitches and five errors by the Demons (4-5, 0-3).
Fruita Monument 13, Loveland 1: Dylan Row, Luke Goodrich, Cuba Bess and Chris Cordova all had two hits for the Wildcats (8-4), who won the nonleague game in five innings on the 10-run rule.
Sam Schroeder started and pitched the first three innings for the win, and Devon Canup tossed two scoreless innings of relief.
Montrose pulls away to defeat Demons
McKinley Kane, Shelby Kenney and Stephanie Rowan each scored a goal and had an assist as Montrose beat Durango 3-1 in a Southwestern League game.
Kane scored 13 minutes into the contest, and that stood for the halftime score. Durango (2-2-2, 2-2-2 SWL) scored 6 minutes, 20 seconds into the second half, but Kenney put the Indians (5-3, 3-1) back on top at the 57:40 mark, and Rowan added an insurance goal with 5:25 left in the game.
Montezuma-Cortez 4, Central 3: The Panthers scored three goals in a 13-minute span in the second half and held on to defeat Central in SWL play.
The Panthers (1-4-2, 1-4-1 SWL) scored first, but Central came back with a goal by Jaylynn Medina to tie the game before half. It was assisted by Shayla Gilbert, who took the ball up the right side and crossed it to Medina. Rylea Rottman gave the Warriors a 2-1 lead early in the second half on an assist by Medina.
Goalie Beatrice Torres had five saves for Central (3-4, 1-4).
Tigers, Wildcats record easy wins
Grand Junction won every match in straight sets to defeat Durango 7-0.
The Tigers got 6-0, 6-0 wins from Carolena Campos at No. 1 singles, Kristen Balke and Anjana Thapa at No. 3 doubles, and Joslin Berg and Sara Perez at No. 4 doubles.
Fruita Monument 7, Montezuma-Cortez 0: The Wildcats won every match of the SWL dual in straight sets, with Shannon Hautzinger winning 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3 singles.
Rampart hands Fruita first loss
The game was tied 2-2 after 10 minutes, but Rampart took over from there for an 18-7 win over previously unbeaten Fruita Monument.
Despite the final score, Fruita coach Mark Twardowski said the Wildcats (6-1) played well at times, and he was proud that his team never gave up against Rampart (5-1), which he called “a very good team.”
“My girls played hard,” he said. “They did things well. They got outplayed by a good team.”
Alyssa Urban and Adrienne Chiapuzio scored two goals apiece.