‘Dogs blanked by Montrose in first game

Photo by William Woody—Montrose High School pitcher Lexi Kantor is called out after sliding home against Palisade cather at MHS Thursday afternoon Aug. 22, 2013.

Lexi Kantor threw a one-hitter, and Montrose collected 15 hits as the Indians defeated Palisade 10-0 in a nonleague softball game Thursday.

Kantor didn’t allow a hit until the fourth inning, and she walked two batters and struck out four.

“She did a great job,” Montrose coach Joe Bollinger said. “She was throwing strikes, had all of her pitches working, and was doing a great job of controlling the game.”

Despite his team getting 15 hits against Palisade pitcher Danica DeLaHoz, Bollinger praised her performance.

“She did a really nice job,” he said. “She threw a lot of strikes and made some fantastic plays on at least three lined drives I can think of. I was very impressed with her.”

Kate Ammermann led the Indians at the plate with three hits, and teammates Brittany Frigetto, Molly Collins, Vanessa Nelson, Ryann Melvin, Shaylynn McKee and Catie McKinney had two hits apiece. Ammermann and McKinney each hit two doubles.

First-year Palisade coach Megan Stluka complimented Kantor on a well-pitched game, saying, “She was very consistent, threw a lot of strikes and was ahead in the count pretty much the whole game.”

Stluka added the Bulldogs kept a positive attitude after falling behind 6-0 through two innings, and they started putting the bat on the ball the second time through the order.

“We just hit it right at people,” Stluka said.

And Montrose (2-0) made the plays, which has been the case through two games for the Indians, who opened the season with a 25-7 victory over Delta.

“In both games we played extremely well,” Bollinger said. “We’ve had good pitching, good defense, we’ve hit the ball and we’re running the bases well.”

DeLaHoz had the lone hit, a double, for Palisade, which was playing its season-opener.


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