Cummins sparks Palisade to sweep
Palisade High School outfielder Cole Cummins is a little modest about his speed.
“People say I’m fast,” Cummins said after back-to-back wins against Battle Mountain on Wednesday at Suplizio field.
“I just hit the ball, turn on the wheels and run as hard as I can.”
As fast as he could, Cummins brought a spark to the Bulldogs offense.
In nine trips to the plate, Cummins got on base eight times and scored seven times as the Bulldogs beat the Huskies 19-6 and 13-1.
Cummins opened up the first game with a walk, advanced on a passed ball, stole third and scored on an error.
In the third inning, he walked and eventually scored on a single by Jordan Salazar.
Then Cummins found his swing, doubling in his final at-bat of the first game, and leading off the second game with another double.
In his second at-bat of the second game, Cummins hit a triple to right-center field, and hit another triple in the fifth, collecting two RBI.
“Cole’s on fire right now,” Palisade coach Steve Moore said. “Everyone goes through a slump, but I haven’t seen one from him. I think his on-base percentage is well over .700, it’s incredible. The ball must be looking like a beach ball to him.”
Cummins’ hitting was complemented by the top of Palisade’s lineup, including Mike Seriani and Jordan Salazar, who both scored in all four trips to the plate in the first game.
The offense allowed Palisade to build early leads, with the Bulldogs taking an 8-0 lead in the top of the third inning of the first game before starting pitcher Caleb Hall allowed six runs, including a three-run home run by Battle Mountain second baseman Guy Garth.
The Bulldogs found relief from Pete Lelich, normally their starting catcher, who took the mound for 21⁄3 hitless innings, striking out three in his debut on the mound.
“To be honest, I didn’t know what to expect from him because he hadn’t been on the mound,” Moore said. “I was pleasantly surprised and happy with his performance.”
In the second game, Palisade started Herland Tate, who pitched five innings and allowed only one run on three hits, striking out seven.
Central’s Loren Forney shot a 73 to finish first in the Delta Invitational at Devil’s Thumb Golf Course. Forney’s finish helped the Warriors finish first with a team score of 255.
Fruita Monument finished second at 262, led by Tymerie Ho’s 84. Grand Junction played without No. 1 player Jordan Fellhauer, but got a solid performance from Jordan Tufly, who shot an 88. Palisade was led by Madison Myers’ 102.