Grand Junction baseball team routs Montrose for second time
The Grand Junction High School baseball team has Montrose’s number.
The Tigers defeated Montrose 25-7 on Tuesday in Montrose. Grand Junction has outscored the Indians 41-7 in two games this season.
Grand Junction (8-1, 3-0 Southwestern League) scored five runs in its first at-bat propelled by home runs from Cory DeRush and Sean Rubalcaba.
DeRush hit a two-run home run, which was followed by Rubalcaba’s three-run home run.
“The wind was blowing out today,” Grand Junction coach Kyle Rush said. “That helped a little.”
Montrose scored one run in each of its first two innings to cut the lead to 5-2, but Grand Junction scored another five runs in the third inning.
Tyler Gastineau had a grand slam in the inning.
Grand Junction pushed its lead to 19-4 in the fourth inning with a nine-run inning. Andy Willett hit a three-run home run in the inning.
Stephen Baldwin got the win for the Tigers.
Delta 8-10, Battle Mountain 3-6: The Panthers (8-2, 5-0 WSL) had a combined 19 hits to sweep a league doubleheader in Eagle.
Cedaredge 9, Hotchkiss 3: Blake Oard struck out eight and drove in two runs to lead the fourth-ranked Bruins (7-1, 6-1 WSL) to victory over fifth-ranked Hothckiss (7-1, 6-1).
Cedaredge’s T.K. Ullery hit a home run.
Fruita Monument 12, Eagle Valley 4: The Wildcats (3-2) rolled to a lopsided victory to end a two-game losing streak.
“Our game plan was to work on the offense and get what we wanted to,” Fruita Monument coach Mark Young said. “In the second half, we couldn’t do any wrong.”
The Wildcats got three goals each from Aiden Woomer and Cody Young. Antonio Pestello and Wyatt Allen both added two goals.
“Our offense looked the best it has all year,” Young said. “We had a lot of passing and a lot of movement.”
Fruita Monument finished with 29 shots on goal.
Defensively, goalie Kyler Hanson had 13 saves for Fruita Monument.
Grand Junction 6, Central 1: Central got its lone win at No. 1 singles where Aimee Basinski defeated Maddie Hayduk 6-4, 6-1.
Grand Junction’s Alex Proietti outlasted Jamie Johnson at No. 2 singles 6-7, 6-2, (10-2).
In doubles, the Tigers’ No. 1 team of Kylie Pond and Madison Gurley defeated Chelsey Garcia and Jenna Purdy 6-0, 6-3.
Grand Junction’s Nicky Arja and Stephanie Skinner defeated Emma Beckstead and Megan Bauer 6-1, 6-2 at No. 2 doubles.
Fruita Monument 7, Aspen 0: The Wildcats won six of the seven matches in straight sets.
“We needed confidence,” Fruita Monument coach Clint Davis said. “We needed to play well, work on some things, but more than anything else we had to get the winning feeling back.”
The only hiccup came at No. 2 singles where Meredith Soychak lost her first set to Maggie Brown 7-6, before winning the final two 6-2, 6-2.
Wildcats’ No. 3 singles player Courtlyn Carpenter defeated Sydney Wells 6-0, 6-0.
In doubles, No. 3 doubles Camille Kovach and Laren Cyphers defeated Brooke Altman and Liz Suebert 6-0, 6-1.