Hitting gets contagious: Central’s 12-hit performance results in victory over Conifer

All year long, the Central baseball team has struggled to finish games.

Saturday at Canyon View Park against Conifer, that wasn’t the case.

In fact, the Warriors ended it early, routing the Lobos 13-3 in five innings.

The Warriors (2-6, 0-1 Southwestern League) logged 12 hits, including triples from Aaron Reece, Tanner Denton and Scott Clow.

“We had a couple of guys step up early, get some big hits for us,” Central coach Chuck Yost said. “That just gets everyone really excited, and hitting’s a contagious thing.”

Clow pitched the entire game, allowing only three hits going into the fifth inning. He struggled in the fifth, allowing two runs on two hits, but worked out of it.

“He did a great job keeping them off-balance and hitting spots,” Yost said. “We had a senior step up for us today and that’s what we needed on the mound.”

Central’s next game is Friday at Durango.

Fruita Monument 18, Durango 10: The Wildcats (8-3, 2-1 SWL) went through four Demon pitchers before seeing something they liked. With the game tied 10-10, Fruita Monument put up an eight-run sixth inning against Kenneth Gallegos to win.

“All game long they weren’t throwing a lot of strikes,” Fruita Monument coach Ray McLennan said. “When we got (Gallegos) we knew he was going to throw strikes, and we were anxious to see him.”

Durango walked 13 Fruita batters before Gallegos entered the game. The free passes helped Fruita take a 10-6 lead after three innings. Durango, though, hit four triples in the game to help the Demons tie the game at 10-10 in the fifth inning.

“We knew it was going to be that type of game,” McLennan said. “We’d get a few runs and they’d come back. We knew they weren’t going to go away.”

The Wildcats’ eight-run sixth was propelled by Ryan Blair’s three-run inside-the-park home run for an 18-10 lead. Cody Rahmann and Drew Bridges also drove in runs during the inning.

“We had to get two this weekend,” McLennan said. “It was important for us to play the whole game today.”

Fruita is off until Saturday, when it hosts Montrose.

Ponderosa 8, Grand Junction 2: The Tigers committed six errors and lost a big Class 5A game.

Ponderosa took a 5-1 lead in the third inning and the Tigers couldn’t recover.

“They are a good ballclub, but we can play a lot better,” Grand Junction coach Kyle Rush said.

The Tigers got doubles from Jayke Brock and Tyler Stanford.

Grand Junction (9-2, 2-0 SWL) returns to SWL action Tuesday at Montrose.


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