Hit-heavy Tigers win SWL title with victory over Montezuma-Cortez
Grand Junction High School clinched the Southwestern League baseball title Saturday with an 11-4 rout of Montezuma-Cortez at Canyon View Park.
Grand Junction (16-2, 8-1 SWL) led 7-0 after the first inning.
“We scored early and then shut them down for the most part,” Grand Junction coach Kyle Rush said.
Garrick Lemley got the win, with relief help from Brandon Thompson and Steve Baldwin, combining on a four-hitter.
The Tigers had 15 hits, including doubles by Hutten Veatch, Charlie Willett, Andy Willett, Casey Burns and Cory DeRush.
Montrose 15, Fruita Monument 8: The Wildcats (12-6, 6-3 SWL) had a 6-3 lead, but allowed seven runs in the bottom of the third inning.
“We couldn’t seem to get out of that third inning,” Fruita Monument coach Ray McLennan said. “It was a strange game, the ball seemed to bounce their way.”
Drew Bridges and Ryan Blair hit home runs for the Wildcats.
Central 6, Durango 2: A complete game by Alex Kitzman helped the Warriors (12-6, 5-4 SWL) beat Durango.
Kitzman struck out eight and Central built a 6-1 lead after six innings. Derek DiThomas had two RBI for Central.
Palisade 10-20, Battle Mountain 2-2: The Bulldogs (10-6, 8-1 Western Slope League) scored a combined 30 runs to blow past the Huskies at Canyon View.
Kameron Pfaff pitched the first game and Lane Orman threw the second.
“Our pitchers threw the ball well,” Palisade coach Steve Moore said.
Pete Lelich had seven RBI in the two games six in the second game.
Cedaredge 14-6, Grand Valley 1-0: The Bruins collected 18 hits in the sweep.
Grand Junction lost its first game of the season, 13-12 at Douglas County.
The Tigers (10-1) allowed a goal in the final two minutes.
“It was a great game for us to play,” Grand Junction coach Kathaleen Recker said. “They scored two quick goals, but we picked up our game to their level and played well the rest of the way.”
Santana Martinez and Kacie Jay both scored three goals. Morgan Emmons and Britany Wieseler added two goals.
“We possessed the ball for a lot of the game,” Recker said. “Overall, it was the best game we’ve played all year.”
The Grand Junction boys lacrosse team’s game at Battle Mountain was postponed until Monday at 6 p.m.
Grand Junction scored six goals in the second half for a lopsided 8-0 win at Overland.
Despite a strong finish, the Tigers (10-2-1, 7-1 SWL) were held scoreless for the first 37 minutes until Courtney Brady scored.
Stephanie Drake pushed the lead to 2-0 with a goal in the 39th minute.
“We talked at halftime, and I said that all the hard work from Friday (a 0-0 draw with Smoky Hill) doesn’t mean anything if we can’t take care of (Saturday),” Grand Junction coach Adrea Tilford said.
Ashley Wallace and Danielle Erickson each scored two second-half goals.
Durango 1, Fruita Monument 0: The Wildcats (9-4-1, 4-2-1 SWL) lost for the first time in five games. The Demons broke a 0-0 tie in the second half on a goal by Sarah Zemach.
Fruita Monument defeated Durango 5-2. The Wildcats won two of three singles matches, including Meredith Soychak defeating Jamie Wanzek 6-4, 6-2 at No. 3.
In doubles, Fruita’s No. 1 team of Taryn Moon and McKenzie Kimball defeated Sierra Lillard and Kari Bjorlin 6-2, 6-1.