Doubleheader sweep keeps Tigers’ playoff hopes alive

Grand Junction’s softball team swept Montezuma-Cortez 12-2 and 10-0 on Friday, keeping their chances for a Class 5A playoff berth alive. Only the Southwestern League champion, Fruita Monument, receives an automatic bid to the playoffs, so the Tigers (14-3, 6-2) are fighting for an at-large bid.

The Tigers used a six-run third inning to erase a 2-1 deficit in the first game, pounding out 19 hits. Elisha Jahnke struck out 11 and Arrianna Diaz hit a two-run home run in the big inning. Aarisa Millard added a solo home run in the fifth. In the second game, Cierra Cosslett struck out seven in a one-hitter and hit a pair of doubles. Grand Junction wraps up the regular season today, playing Durango in a doubleheader.

Palisade’s game at Rifle, which was postponed from Thursday to today has been rescheduled again because of continued weather problems and wet fields. The Bulldogs will play at Rifle on Tuesday, with the JV teams playing at 4 p.m., the varsity teams at 6 p.m. Central’s scheduled doubleheader at Durango was also postponed by weather. No makeup date has been set.


Palisade’s Audrey Steinkirchner had 15 kills to lead the Bulldogs to a sweep of Moffat County, 26-24, 25-21, 25-15.

Shannon Rhodes had four aces 13 digs and 28 assists for Palisade (11-3, 6-1 Western Slope League) and Jenny Thibodeau led three Bulldogs in double figures with 16 digs.


Central got goals from five different players to roll past Montezuma-Cortez 6-1.

Leo Herman scored in the eighth and 24th minute and Cory Rhodes scored 16 minutes in for a 3-0 halftime lead. Theo Cristan, Vince Giandonatto and Cesar Matias added second-half goals. Antonio Tarin made five saves in the first half and Jesse Lopez had one second-half save for the Warriors (7-5, 4-3 SWL), who played their junior varsity players much of the game.


Grand Junction’s Greg Echer placed 14th in the Pat Amato Classic in Northglenn, finishing in 16 minutes, 36 seconds. Kennedy Simmons paced the Tiger girls, finishing in 20:30.


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