Fruita falls to tourney host Farmington in title game

The Fruita Monument baseball team couldn’t get things to finish its way, losing 7-5 to host Farmington in the Farmington, N.M. tournament final.

“It’s hard to win down here,” Fruita coach Ray McLennan said.

The Wildcats (6-2) got on the board early, scoring one in the first inning, which Farmington matched in the bottom half.

Fruita had a three-run third inning, but by the end of the fourth, Farmington tied the game at 4-4.

After two scoreless innings, the Wildcats scored a single run in the sixth to take a lead.

Farmington scored three runs in the bottom half. Fruita had a couple bad bounces, including a sacrifice bunt that was rolling foul but hit a clod of dirt to stay fair.

T.J. Pollock, Jake Williams and Ryan Mixon combined to allow five hits and six walks in the game. Fruita also had three errors.

Fruita finished the game with 10 hits. Pollock had a double and Cody Rahmann logged both a double and a triple.

“We had our chances early, we just couldn’t get timely hitting,” McLennan said.

The Wildcats play Grand Junction on Wednesday at Suplizio Field.

Girls Soccer

The Palisade soccer team (1-1-1, 1-1 Western Slope League) had a good start, but struggled late in the first half, losing 2-1 in Glenwood Springs.

“We played really well for the first 10 minutes and after that, Glenwood picked it up,” Palisade coach Raina Sorensen said.

Palisade scored the first goal of the game four minutes in off the foot of Courtney Clark. From there, the Demons defense limited Palisade to only three more shots.

Kendal Strautman and Michaela Mansfield both scored for Glenwood before halftime. Neither team scored in the second half.

Palisade goalkeeper Amelia Davis recorded 14 saves on Glenwood’s 16 shots.

The Bulldogs host Moffat County on Tuesday at the Peach Bowl.

Boys Lacrosse

The Fruita Monument boys lacrosse team (2-0) overcame a slow start to beat Glenwood Springs 17-5 in Glenwood.

“The first quarter I was scared,” Fruita coach Mark Young said.

After the slow beginning, the Wildcats started working like a team with seven different players scoring — including Ethan Grider’s six goals.

The Grand Junction boys (1-1) dealt with below zero weather, losing 11-4 to Summit in Frisco.

The Tigers trailed by only two points at the half, but were limited to only two more in the second half.


The District 51 Griffins struggled to hold their own at the 49-team Coach’s Invitational at Edora Pool & Ice Center in Fort Collins.

Diver Adam Vogel was the top placer for the team, finishing 18th. Swimmer Cyrus Pearo posted a state qualifying time in the 100-yard butterfly.


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