Fruita exacts revenge on Rifle at Central tourney

Fruita didn’t have to wait long to avenge Saturday’s 2-0 loss to Rifle in the championship game of the Rifle Austin Booth Memorial Wood Bat Tournament.

Amassing 14 hits, Fruita’s U-18 summer baseball team got swift revenge in the form of an 11-0 victory over Rifle at the Best of the West Warrior Classic at Central High School.

After scoring one run in the first inning, Fruita piled on five more runs in the second, three in the third and two in the fifth to trigger the run rule.

“I wish we could have gotten that kind of run production against them last time we played them,” Fruita coach Ray McLennan quipped.

Allowing only four hits and striking out four, James Stagg picked up the win for Fruita.

Gabe Treider and Luke Goodrich were each 2 for 4 with three RBI. Dylan Row was 2 for 3 with an RBI, and Chris Cordova went 3 for 3 with a walk, RBI and a stolen base.

Fruita (9-6) resumes tournament play against Cheyenne Mountain at 2 p.m. today and faces Montrose at 11:30 a.m. Saturday.

Campbell pitches gem
for Gene Taylor’s

Cameron Campbell outdueled a pitcher who was selected in the Major League Baseball draft last week as the Gene Taylor’s American Legion baseball team defeated Cherry Creek 3-2 in nine innings.

The win came in Gene Taylor’s second game of the day at the Tony Andenucio Memorial Tournament in Pueblo. Gene Taylor’s dropped its opener 11-1 to the Albuquerque Baseball Academy.

Campbell made the day memorable, though, keeping Gene Taylor’s in the game by blanking Cherry Creek over the final five frames and allowing only three base runners after the fifth inning.

“Cameron Campbell pitched his butt off,” Gene Taylor’s coach Dave Jahnke wrote in an email.

Jahnke also noted the win over Cherry Creek was the first for Gene Taylor’s since the team’s rebirth in 2007.

The pitcher that Campbell foiled was right-hander Derik Beauprez, a University of Miami recruit who was selected in the 25th round of the draft by the Boston Red Sox.

Gene Taylor’s won the game with a run in the top of the ninth. Kyle Serrano and Quincy Campbell had two hits apiece for Gene Taylor’s, which had six hits overall, and Cherry Creek had nine. Serrano scored the winning run on a bases-loaded walk.


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