Central edges past Fruita in tennis dual
Central High School battled to a close 4-3 win over Fruita Monument in girls tennis Tuesday.
The Warriors took two of the three singles matches and two of the four doubles matches at Canyon View Park.
Keira Trujillo lead the way for Central in No. 1 singles with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Sam Gardner. Central’s Hannah Keeling beat Shannon Hautzinger in a tough three-set match at No. 3 singles, 6-2, 0-6, 6-3.
At No. 2 singles, Fruita Monument’s Jacque Soychak earned a close straight-set victory over Abby Bridgett, 7-5, 6-3.
In doubles, Leandra Medrano and Ellie Driscoll won their No. 1 doubles match over Sara Cesark and Alyssa Bohrer, 6-2, 6-3.
Lindsay Dempsey and Sam Brewington earned a 6-1, 6-0 win for Fruita Monument over Jade Poepple and Charis Nordstrom at No. 2 doubles.
The best match of the day was at No. 3 doubles where Central’s Kalene Borrego and Amber Jack battled to a three-set victory over Jillian Caldwell and Monica Burdette. The final score was 6-2, 5-7, 6-2.
At No. 4 doubles, Fruita Monument’s Amy Espinoza and Paige Hobson beat Curry Ventling and Brittany Updike, 6-2, 6-1.
Fruita Monument were missing several of its regular varsity players who were out of town during spring break.
Southwestern League teams begin conference play later this week.
Palisade used a pair of huge comebacks to pickup a doubleheader sweep over Steamboat Springs at Suplizio Field.
Palisade (6-3, 4-0, WSL) won the first game 12-11 and the second game 11-10 in nine innings.
In the second game, the Bulldogs got a huge pitching performance in relief by freshman John Taber. He pitched the final six innings, gave up only one run and struck out 10. The Bulldogs fell behind 5-0 and 10-1 before scoring nine runs in the sixth inning.
In the first game, the Bulldogs were down 6-0 after the first inning but rallied with two runs in the second, and four runs in both the third and fourth. Andrew Bowles had a game-trying grand slam and finished with five RBI. Troy Levinson had the game-winning hit, an RBI triple in the bottom of the seventh.
Fruita Monument (2-3, 1-1 Colorado Mountain League) won its second straight game, downing Eagle Valley 9-6 at Stocker Stadium.