Lack of clutch hits costs Junction in Arizona
Grand Junction consistently put runners in scoring position, but the absence of timely hits left it with a 5-0 loss Thursday against the No. 10-ranked team in the nation, Sandra Day O’Connor High School of Phoenix.
The Tigers had two runners on base in the first, fourth and fifth innings, and they had a runner on second base in the third inning, according to Grand Junction coach Donnie Alexander.
“We just couldn’t get a timely hit,” he said.
Ty Dixon pitched all six innings for the Tigers, surrendering nine hits and two walks.
“Ty Dixon pitched another great game,” Alexander said. “He gave us a chance in every inning. We made a couple of errors behind him and gave them a couple runs.”
Kaleb Johnson and Zack Cox hit doubles for Grand Junction (5-2).
O’Connor improved to 20-0.
The Tigers face West Linn (Ore.) at 9:30 a.m. today in their final game of the Coach Bob National Invitational in Phoenix.
Megan Stabile scored two goals as host Steamboat Springs defeated Grand Junction 4-2 Wednesday. Goalie Hanna Samlowski made three saves for the Sailors (2-1).
The Tigers dropped to 2-3-1.