Fruita softball team goes 1-2 at Dave Sanders tourney
Regan Wood hit a walk-off home run to lead off the bottom of the sixth inning, lifting Fruita Monument to a 7-6 victory Friday over Fountain-Fort Carson in the Dave Sanders Memorial Tournament.
Another Wildcats’ long ball, a two-run home run by Makenzi DeCrow, highlighted a four-run fourth inning that tied the game 5-5. Lauren Reed was the winning pitcher for the Wildcats (4-4).
Fruita coach Eddie Mort said the Wildcats began the bottom of the sixth inning with about three minutes remaining in the time limit, which is one hour, 45 minutes in the tourney.
Fruita fell victim to the big inning as it lost its first two games in the tournament. Mort said the third inning cost his team each time as Mountain Vista beat Fruita 9-6, and Bear Creek beat the Wildcats 9-8.
“We gave too many runs away and didn’t have it going those two games,” he said.
Montrose 16, Palisade 2: The Indians scored five runs in the third inning and eight in the fourth to pull away.
The Bulldogs briefly had the lead, 2-1, thanks to a two-run triple by Isabel Davis in the bottom of the first.
Fruita Monument couldn’t wait to start the season, after watching most of the other area schools play earlier this week.
It only took 15 seconds for the Wildcats to show just how ready, scoring its first goal of the season during a 9-1 rout of Discovery Canyon in the Air Academy Invitational. Noah Nelson scored the early goal and the Wildcats were off, peppering Discovery Canyon with 26 shots.
Wesley Padgett, the returning Southwestern League player of the year, scored three goals, and Andrew Bryceland added two. Lukas Smith, Kyle Breeden and Chris Matlock each added one goal.
Fruita’s defense gave up only five shots, two on goal, so goalkeeper Dominic Gaty recorded only one save. The Wildcats play either No. 7 Fossil Ridge or Sand Creek this morning, then either Montrose or Air Academy in their final game of the tournament.
Montrose won its opener in the tourney 4-0 over St. Mary’s, a Colorado Springs school.
Grand Junction 3, Prairie View 1: Prairie View scored the first goal of the game, but Grand Junction took over from there to win its nonleague season opener.
Chris Samso scored to make it a tie game at the half, and Josh Murdock scored the game-winner about 15 minutes into the second half. Murdock then assisted on an insurance goal by Athen Hayes.
Goalie Michael Hansen made six saves for the Tigers, who outshot Prairie View 13-8 in shots on goal.
Carson Pipher had 13 kills, and Jessie Holt and Taylor Carsten had five aces apiece as Paonia defeated Grand Valley 25-11, 25-10, 25-19 in a nonleague match.