Late rally lifts Palisade to win over Windsor
The Palisade High School baseball team is starting to believe that it’s never really out of a game.
Saturday at Suplizio Field, the Bulldogs rallied from a 9-5 deficit in the sixth inning to defeat Windsor 10-9.
“We preach play hard and leave it all on the field,” Palisade coach Steve Moore said. “We always talk about somebody make something happen, and we did today.”
The Bulldogs (4-2, 1-1 Western Slope League) had a big challenge against the visiting Wizards, who were coming off of a 13-11 victory over Central on Friday. Windsor’s bats never cooled off, jumping on starting pitcher Jordan Salazar and reliever Mike Seriani. Through five innings, the Wizards scored nine runs on 12 hits, including five extra-base hits.
“Don’t get me wrong, they hit the ball well, but I don’t think Mike or Jordan were on,” Moore said. “They were getting the ball high.”
Palisade kept pace through the first three innings, including a two-run third inning that gave the Bulldogs a 5-4 lead.
Windsor pitcher Tanner Weimers shut the Bulldogs down the next two innings, which allowed the Wizards to take the lead.
After a strong performance by Palisade relief pitcher Cody Krabbe in the top of the sixth inning, when he retired all three batters he faced, the Bulldogs challenged themselves offensively.
“I told them, ‘Let’s see what we are made of,’ ” Moore said. ” ‘Let’s see if we still have that spunk and fire we work on in practice.’ “
Drew Clinkingbeard drew a walk and Gabe Hellmann was hit by a pitch. Cole Cummins walked to load the bases and Krabbe hit a sacrifice fly to cut the lead to 9-6.
“We had to get guys on base,” Moore said. “Guys had to be a little more particular at the plate, but still be aggressive. I thought we did a good job with that.”
Seriani hit an RBI single to score Hellmann and bring the Bulldogs to within two runs. Palisade got those runs the next at-bat when Salazar hit a line drive that left fielder Derek Warner couldn’t handle, allowing Cummins and Seriani to score, and tie the game at 9-9.
“We knew they were going to hit the ball, but we had to do it better,” Seriani said. “Put the ball in play and good things will happen.”
After Krabbe retired three straight in the top of the seventh, Clinkingbeard reached first on an error by shortstop Trevor Okamoto. The Bulldogs, wo play Battle Mountain on Wednesday, moved pinch-runner Caleb Hall around to third, and he scored the winning run on a wild pitch by David Gadbois.
“We never gave up and I was proud of that,” Moore said.