GJ rallies to win in Arizona tournament
The Grand Junction High School baseball team scored two runs in the top of the seventh inning Thursday to defeat Scottsdale (Ariz.) Christian Academy 4-2 at the Arizona National Invitational Tournament in Phoenix.
The Tigers trailed 2-0 after four innings, but scored a run in the fifth, then tied the game with a run in the sixth when Tyson Zanski doubled home Owen Taylor.
In the seventh Tyler Mantlo reached base on an error with one out, then Dillon Fante doubled to put runners on second and third. Max Fransen plated Mantlo with a suicide squeeze and moved Fante to third. Fante scored on a wild pitch to the next batter.
Mantlo, a sophomore, pitched on varsity for the first time and earned the win with two hitless innings of relief. He walked one batter and recorded one strikeout, fanning the final batter of the game.
Ty Dixon threw the first five innings, limiting Scottsdale Christian to two runs on three hits.
“Dixon kept us in it,” Grand Junction coach Donnie Alexander said. “We struggled with the bats early, but we battled and had to play small ball to win it.”
The Tigers (7-2) conclude play in the tourney today with a 12:30 p.m. game against Valley Vista (Ariz.) High School. Central 14, Adams City 2: The Warriors (7-1) got three-run home runs from Wyatt McElwain in the fourth inning and Cole Rupe in the sixth as Central won the nonleague game by the 10-run rule in six innings.
Freshman Hunter Kelchner threw a complete game for the win, scattering nine hits, issuing one walk and striking out eight batters.