Central baseball team rallies past Cortez
The Central High School baseball team overcame a 6-0 deficit Friday to defeat Montezuma-Cortez 10-9 at Suplizio Field.
The Warriors (11-6, 4-4 Southwestern League) started slow, but got the boost they needed from a two-run home run in the fourth inning by Klancey Krafka.
“We left a lot of guys on early,” Central coach Chuck Yost said. “But Klancey got us going with his home run and we worked hard the rest of the way.” The Warriors took a 9-8 lead with a four-run sixth inning. Cortez scored a run in the top of the seventh to tie the game at 9-9.
The Warriors’ Kyle Rowe hit the game-winning RBI single in the seventh inning.
Fruita Monument goalie Kylie Goetz made a key save on a penalty kick with 10 minutes left to preserve the Wildcats’ 3-2 win at Montezuma-Cortez.
“Kylie was the player of the game,” Fruita Monument coach Eric Anderson said. “She saved us today.”
Goetz finished with seven saves.
The Wildcats got two goals from Jamie Madson and one from Megan Hale.
Grand Junction 0, Smoky Hill 0: The Tigers played to a draw with the fifth-ranked team in the state. Grand Junction goalie Lexi Anderson made five saves.
The Tigers had their best offensive chances in the first half, but focused on defense throughout to keep the Buffaloes scoreless.
Durango 2, Montrose 0: The Demons got goals from Marlene Conner and Brooke Milliet in the shutout.
Consistent scoring allowed Grand Junction to maintain at least a two-goal lead on Eagle Valley the entire game in a 9-4 win.
Grand Junction got three-goal efforts from both Kris States and Luke Olson.
The Tigers responded after losing to Fruita Monument on Wednesday.
“That Fruita loss hurt, but they bounced right back,” Grand Junction coach James States said.
The Tigers got eight saves from goalie Kolton Flick, and limited Eagle Valley to only 15 shots.
“We had strong defense and Kolton played great,” States said.
Grand Junction controlled the entire game for a lopsided 15-7 victory at Palmer.
Grand Junction had five players with at least two goals, including four from Morgan Emmons.
“They came out and played perfect,” Grand Junction coach Kathaleen Recker said. “We wanted to come over here to see something different, and it was exciting how we played.”
The Tigers took 29 shots and Grand Junction goalie Holly Meer finished with 12 saves.
The Tigers play at Douglas County today.
Fruita Monument won every match in straight sets, including a 6-0, 6-0 win from No. 1 singles player Janine Kirtland over Abby Pickens in the Wildcats’ 7-0 win over Montezuma-Cortez.
Sierra Segrest and Grace Gaglione recorded a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 2 doubles over Charley Stewart and Roni Shaner.