Johnson, GJ continue winning ways


Johnson, GJ continue winning ways

Kaleb Johnson turned in a solid performance on the mound and at the plate Saturday, lifting the Grand Junction High School baseball team to a 7-3 Southwestern League victory over Montezuma-Cortez.

Johnson threw five innings, allowing a season-low three hits and striking out three.

Offensively, he was 2 for 4 with a double and was one of four players with multi-hit games. Tyson Zanski had a season-high three hits, going 3 for 3 with a sacrifice fly.

The Tigers (9-3, 2-1 SWL) have won six of their past seven games after dropping their league opener against Fruita Monument on March 18.

The Panthers dropped 5-5-1, 0-4 SWL.

“We’ve been playing good baseball,” Grand Junction coach Donnie Alexander said. “Today, Kaleb came out and threw well for us, and Ty Dixon was great in relief. We’ve been able to put it all together.”

Delta 10-11, Summit 5-0: Tyler Sandoval, Keaton Reiher and Derek Horn each hit home runs to lead undefeated Delta (11-0, 7-0 WSL) to a Class 4A Western Slope League sweep.

Delta coach Marty Rover said the Panthers will be tested with upcoming games against Palisade and Durango.

“We’re kinda relaxed at the plate, and I think that’s why we’re swinging it so well,” Rover said.

“We’ll find out how good we really are in the next couple weeks. We have a challenge in Palisade on Tuesday, then Durango, then Palisade again. So we’ll see how we do after that.”

Reiher picked up the win in Game 2, throwing four innings and striking out eight.

Columbine 5, Fruita Monument 2: The Wildcats hung with a Columbine team that includes three NCAA Division I recruits and five college-bound players.

Fruita Monument (8-5) led the nonleague game 2-0 after the top of the first inning and was tied 2-2 with Columbine until what Wildcats coach Ray McLennan called a “crazy” bottom of the fourth inning.

“It was a very well-played game,” McLennan said. “Conner (Cronkhite) got in some trouble, walked six guys early. But we were able to turn two double plays and a pick a guy off.

“Really, it came down to a crazy fourth inning for us. The Columbine kid overslid second and spiked our shortstop during a double play. You expect the double play to be completed because of him spiking our shortstop, but that’s not how it was called.”

Durango 12, Central 10: The Warriors (9-3, 2-2 SWL)  fell short in a back-and-forth SWL battle.

The Demons (5-5, 1-3 SWL) scored three runs in both the bottom of the second and third innings to erase a two-run deficit and take the lead for good.

Seth Krebill had his first rough outing of the year, giving up six runs on six hits in three innings. Jeremy Champlin took the loss in relief.

Champlin hit a home run, Cole Rupe was 3 for 3 with two RBI and Andrew Martinez had two hits and two RBI.

Rifle 2-8, Eagle Valley 0-11: Rifle (6-4, 3-3 WSL) split a Class 4A WSL doubleheader as the Bears’ Bailey Hoffmeister pitched a two-hitter in Game 1.


Girls Soccer

Central grabs rare win vs. Durango


Rylea Rottmann, Chloe Marston and Teresa Giandonato scored as Central beat Durango 3-2 in a Southwestern League game.

Central coach Jacob Pingel said the win is the first against Durango in his five years as the head coach of the girls program, and the boys program was winless against the Demons during the same span. Both programs were a combined 0-19 against Durango (2-3-2, 2-3-2 SWL).

Rottmann, a freshman, leads the Warriors (4-4, 2-4 SWL)  with six goals and has scored in five straight games.

Giandonato scored her goal on a free kick, her second set-piece goal of the season.

“We’ve been throwing a lot more people forward,” Pingel said. “While it’s turned into a little bit of a run-and-shoot game at times, we’ve played really well offensively, and a lot of different girls are contributing.”

Grand Valley 8, Colorado Rocky Mountain School 0: Ashlynn Speakman scored five goals to lead the Cardinals, who outshot CRMS 21-4.


Girls Lacrosse

Wildcats win back-to-back games


Fruita Monument picked up a 14-7 morning win in a nonleague contest against Pine Creek before turning around and beating Liberty 15-6 in another nonleague game in the afternoon.

Against Pine Creek, the Wildcats took a 9-2 lead at half, led by Vanessa Nelson and Adrienne Chiapuzio. Both finished with four goals and Chiapuzio added three assists.

The Eagles had 12 shots and Fruita Monument goalie Lynzie Kytle made five saves.

In the second game, Lindsey Burenheide took over, netting a team-high six goals and three assists. Nelson added three goals and Nicole Twardowski added two goals.

The Wildcats (8-1) outshot Liberty 21-16, capping back-to-back wins the day after their first loss of the season.


Girls Tennis

Fruita Monument defeats Durango


Led by Lyric Fortson and Sara Cesark at No. 1 doubles, Fruita Monument swept every doubles matchup to beat Durango 6-1 in a Southwestern League dual.

Fortson and Cesark won their match 6-1, 6-0, improving to 3-1 in duals this season.

Grand Junction 7, Montezuma-Cortez 0: The Tigers won every match in straight sets, with Carolena Campos winning 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 singles.


Boys Rugby

Junior Griffins rout Terrors 22-7


The Junior Griffins, a high school club team, beat the Central Terrors, a team from Colorado Springs, 22-7 to clinch a berth in the Colorado state rugby playoffs.

Jet Nourse scored two tries and Eddie Medina and Braxton Stewart each added one.

The Junior Griffins will face the Glendale Raptors at 
11 a.m. on April 12 at Dixson Field on Orchard Mesa.


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