Haynes keeps Montrose undefeated
Skylar Haynes did it all for the Montrose High School baseball team Thursday.
Haynes pitched a complete game and went 2 for 3 with two RBI in the Indians’ 6-3 victory over Grand Junction in Montrose.
The Tigers couldn’t string together hits, Grand Junction coach Donnie Alexander said.
“We looked at a lot of fastballs,” Alexander said. “We just couldn’t get key hits when we needed them. We’d strike out or hit a pop fly, and the inning would be over.”
The Tigers didn’t score until the top of the sixth inning, when they scored all three of their runs. Owen Taylor drove in two runs for Grand Junction.
Josh Moore pitched a complete game for Grand Junction, giving up four earned runs with three strikeouts and three walks. Moore is one inning shy of pitching more innings than the rest of Grand Junction’s staff combined this season.
“We talked to him at the beginning of the year and told him he’d be the workhorse,” Alexander said. “And boy has he thrown it. We’ve just had some untimely errors that we need to clean up behind him.”
Montrose’s 10-0 start is its best since 2010, when the Indians started 11-0 before falling to Grand Junction.
Montrose used a pair of first-half goals to defeat Fruita Monument 2-0 at Canyon View Park.
The Wildcats pressured the Indians for stretches, but Montrose goalkeeper Grace Halbach was up to the challenge.
Stephanie Rowan scored the first goal for the Indians (6-2) with Holly Brooks getting the assist. Amanda Stowe assisted on the second Montrose goal, setting up Chandler Madison.
Fruita Monument had several good chances late in the second half but couldn’t find the net.
“They really put a lot of pressure on us late, so that was really nerve-wracking,” Montrose coach Jamie Gurule said.
Fruita Monument got off to a slow start but stormed back to make it a game before losing on the road to Steamboat Springs 11-8.
The Wildcats got a strong game from senior goalkeeper Courtney Petek, who had 23 saves.
Junior Lindsey Burenheide led the Wildcats with four goals and one assist. Lauren Sullivan, Alyssa Urban and Katelyn Henderson each added one goal for the Wildcats (2-2).