Central’s luck turns around in one-run victory over Durango
The Central High School baseball team knew it was good, but has been unlucky this season in close games.
The Warriors (6-11, 3-6 Southwestern League) lost five of their six Southwestern League games by one run heading into Saturday’s game with Durango. Central lost 9-8 on Friday in a 10-inning battle with Cortez.
On Saturday at Canyon View, Central experienced the other side of a close game, using a three-run seventh inning to defeat Durango 6-5.
“It felt good,” Central coach Chuck Yost said. “We finally had some luck go our way, and that’s fun to say.”
Taylor Haynie sparked Central’s rally with a two-run single to tie the game at 5-5. With the bases loaded and one out, Alec Rupe drove in the winning run on a ground ball up the middle. He was able to beat the throw to first base to prevent a double play.
Against Cortez, Rupe had a chance to win the game, but grounded out.
“I had a chance to win it (Friday), but I got out,” Rupe said. “So I was thinking I had to get a base hit. When I hit it, it wasn’t a clear base hit so I had to run as fast as I could.”
The Warriors have won three of their past four games heading into the season finale Saturday against Montrose.
“We are a good team, but very unlucky,” Rupe said. “I’m glad this one worked out.”
Montrose 9, Fruita Monument 8: The Wildcats (11-6, 5-4 SWL) took an early 5-0 lead, but couldn’t hold on for the win. Cody Rahmann led Fruita by going 4 for 4 with a double and a three-run home run in the third inning. Rahmann’s home run gave the Wildcats an 8-5 lead.
“To be honest, we played really well,” Fruita Monument coach Ray McLennan said. “The game could have gone either way.”
Despite the loss, Central’s win over Durango guarantees the Wildcats a spot in the Class 5A playoffs regardless of what happens Friday against Grand Junction.
Palisade had its doubleheader against Glenwood Springs postponed until 2 p.m. on Monday.
Central (7-7, 3-6 SWL) broke its three-game losing streak by defeating Montezuma-Cortez 3-2 in double overtime.
Ashley Paul scored the deciding goal for the Warriors.
“We are finally playing to our potential,” Central coach Doug Beach said. “It was exciting.”
Beach said goalie Tayler Else helped propel Central to the win with a momentum-changing save in the first overtime. Else finished with seven saves.
Palisade 3, Prairie View 1
Led by a strong defensive performance, the Bulldogs (11-3-1, 9-3 Western Slope League) finished their regular season on a high note. Palisade goalie Amelia Davis finished with four saves.
“Our defense didn’t let much through,” Palisade coach Raina Sorensen said. “When they did, Amelia was right on it.”
Flannery Davis scored all three of the Bulldogs’ goals.
Grand Junction 8, George Washington 0: Ashley Wallace scored three goals to lead the Tigers (10-4, 7-2 SWL) to a lopsided win in Denver. The Tigers led 4-0 at halftime and out shot the Angels 29-1.
Durango 4, Fruita Monument 0: Wildcats (1-12-1, 1-8 SWL) coach Tracey Burke said her team played well, but couldn’t overcome the Demons on the road. Durango led 2-0 at halftime and didn’t look back.
Central completed its regular season with a 6-1 win over Durango. The Warriors were led by Jamie Johnson, who defeated Ellen Southworth 6-2, 6-3 at No. 2 singles.
Fruita Monument’s boys lacrosse game against Summit was cancelled and won’t be made up.