Clow’s 12 Ks not enough for Central to top Fruita
Central High School pitcher Scott Clow finished with 12 strikeouts, but it wasn’t enough to hold on against Fruita Monument on Tuesday night at Suplizio Field.
The Wildcats (9-4, 3-2 Southwestern League) overcame a 6-3 deficit to defeat Central 7-6.
“It’s a heartbreaker,” Clow said. “We are a lot better team than what we are showing, but we have to make plays.”
The Warriors (3-8, 1-3 SWL) were good position to get their second straight victory after Tanner Reid’s two-run double in the sixth inning gave the Warriors a three-run lead. Fruita Monument didn’t waste any time chipping into the lead, scoring two runs in the bottom of the sixth.
After Fruita pitcher Cody Rahmann retired three straight batters in the top of the seventh, Fruita’s Ryan Mixon singled to get the bottom of the seventh started. He tied the game at 6-6 two batters later on a RBI single from Drew Bridges. The Wildcats got the winning run a few batters later when Jace Griffiths drew a walk off of Dane Barslund with the bases loaded.
“We knew we had to beat 5A teams if we have any shot of at playoffs,” Fruita Monument coach Ray McLennan said. “I thought these guys did a great job of rising to the occasion when they needed to.”
Palisade 9, Delta 8: The Bulldogs overcame an early 5-1 deficit to earn the big Western Slope League victory. With the win Palisade (9-2, 6-1 WSL) moves into sole possession of first place in the WSL.
“We’ve been talking about this game all week,” Palisade coach Steve Moore said. “We knew this could be a big turning point in our season.”
Palisade’s big inning came in the sixth, when the Bulldogs scored six runs up to take a 9-5 lead. Moore said the six runs came off only one hit, and the Bulldogs had only four hits in the game.
“We were disciplined at the plate,” Moore said. “We forced this win.”
Cody Krabbe threw a strong 52⁄3 innings before being replaced by Mike Seriani, who earned the save.
Palisade hits the road Saturday to play at Moffat County.
Tuesday at Canyon View Park, the Fruita Monument (4-2) girls lacrosse team bounced back from last week’s loss to Grand Junction with a 7-2 win over Eagle Valley.
The Wildcats were led by Denna Janowitz, who had two goals. Stephanie Long had a solid performance in goal, finishing with 12 saves.