Fullmer pitches ‘Cats to victory on diamond
Shai Fullmer only struck out one batter Thursday, but he was in total control for the Fruita Monument High School baseball team in a 14-4 win over Hillcrest (Utah) in the first round of the Farmington Tournament.
Fullmer threw five solid innings and Jake Williams cleaned up in the sixth for the Wildcats (5-1).
“They didn’t hit him hard,” Fruita Monument coach Ray McLennan said. “He was efficient. Toward the end his pitch count got up a little bit, but we played pretty good defense. They had a lot of weak ground balls and fly balls. He was overpowering; they weren’t getting good swings.”
The Wildcats, though, did get some good swings, with seven extra-base hits in their 18-hit attack. Ryan Mixon had a pair of doubles, T.J. Pollock and Cody Rahmann each doubled and Drew Bridges, Aaron Barger and Jace Griffiths all tripled. Trailing 2-0, the Wildcats scored four runs in the bottom of the third inning, added two in each of the fourth and fifth and ended the game early with a six-run sixth inning.
Tigers open season with 7-0 win
The Grand Junction girls tennis team swept Dakota Ridge 7-0 in their season-opening match at home Thursday.
Maddie Hayduk and Alex Proietti, the top two singles players for the Tigers, both won in three sets. Each lost the first set before winning the final two.
No. 3 singles player Sam Weinberg, as well as all four doubles teams, won in two straight sets. The top doubles team of Emmi Madison and Madison Gurley won their match 6-0, 6-0.
Mesa men, women fall to Midwestern
The Mesa State men’s and women’s tennis teams dropped dual matches to Midwestern (Texas) State University on Thursday afternoon in Denver.
The women’s team lost 5-4, with Victoria Sargent and Kaitlan Sera claiming singles wins at No. 3 and No. 4, both in a third-set tiebreaker. The Mavs also won two matches by forfeit, at No. 6 singles and No. 3 doubles.
The men’s team lost 8-1 with several matches going down to the wire, including the No. 1 singles match, where Mesa’s Jordan Chomko lost 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-4) to Bo Zaputovic, a junior from Montenegro. All but two of the Mustangs’ men’s players are from foreign countries.
The Mavs won the No. 2 doubles match, with Rashad Khamis and Niko Carrizo defeating Daniel McMullan and Octavian Dinuta 8-2.