Fourteen-run seventh inning rallies Grand Junction to win

Trailing 10-5 going into the top of the seventh inning Tuesday, the Grand Junction High School baseball team staged a big comeback in the Arizona Invitational Tournament.

Actually, it was a gigantic comeback. The Tigers scored 14 runs in the seventh to beat Sandy, Ore. 19-10 in Phoenix.

The Tigers pounded out seven of their 13 hits in the seventh and got a lot of help from the Oregon team.

“We put the ball in play and put pressure on the defense, and the wheels came off for them,” Grand Junction coach Donnie Alexander said.

The inning started with a walk to Owen Taylor, then errors, more walks, two hit batters and the seven hits turned into a rout.

Grand Junction’s Caleb Coleman pitched two innings for the win.

Anthony Johnson went 4 for 5 with four RBI and scored three runs for the Tigers. Dillon Fante had two doubles and two RBI.

Alexander said it was a strange game with both teams making plenty of miscues. Grand Junction finished with seven errors and Sandy had five.

Delta 10, Eagle Valley 3: The Panthers scored four runs in the fifth inning and four more in the sixth to pull away from the Devils for a 4A Western Slope League win in Delta.

Freshman Ethan Keller picked up the win in relief and also hit a home run for the Panthers (7-0)

“We have some experienced kids, a lot of seniors at key places,” Delta coach Marty Rover said. “When our pitchers pitch well, our defense is engaged, and it all comes together for us.”

Eagle Valley dropped to 3-3-1, 1-1 WSL.


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