Lopez’s one-hitter lifts Montrose past Palisade
Tyrus Lopez threw a one-hitter and struck out 14 batters and he added a solo home run Friday as Montrose shut down Palisade 4-0 in a nonleague game Friday.
Andrew Bowles had the lone hit for the Bulldogs (1-3), a single, and Kurtis Grady went the distance on the mound. The senior threw six innings, striking out two and walking none.
“(Lopez) was working around the zone, and really he just dominated us,” Palisade coach Aaron Howard said. “That’s really all there is to it. It was a good, clean game, but we couldn’t get the bats going.”
Jake Bradburn went 3 for 3 for Montrose (2-0).
Grand Junction 6, Dakota Ridge 4: Neil Ryan threw a complete game, striking out seven, as Grand Junction (3-1) had big hits early to top Dakota Ridge.
Tigers coach Donnie Alexander said the win started with Ryan’s control on the mound.
“Neil set them down one-two-three in the first. After that it was him just dealing,” Alexander said. “He threw 16 of 28 first-pitch strikes and a 74 percent strike ratio. He came out and took control of the game. The guys played great defense behind him, and it’s great to go over and get a big road win like this.”
Tristan Lafferty went 2 for 4 with a two-run home run and a double for the Tigers.
Jennis Hart scored with an assist from Michaela Hoffman with 35 seconds left as Fruita Monument edged Kent Denver 2-1 in the first round of the Kadet Kickoff tournament in Colorado Springs.
Hart and Hoffman had returned to the game after a breather only a few minutes earlier, Wildcats coach Jeff Shuldener said. He also had Hoffman change positions. After playing center-back all game, Hoffman moved to left wing, where she crossed a pass that got behind the goalie, and Hart put the ball in the net from about eight yards away.
Fruita (2-0-1) led 1-0 at the half when Shaylee Holt scored on a corner kick by Sarah Benton. Kent Denver tied the game in the 64th minute on a corner kick.
Wildcats goalie Jessica Smith made two saves for the win.
Fruita Monument remained unbeaten, hammering Eagle Valley 20-1 in a Colorado Mountain League game in Gypsum.
Lindsey Burenheide led the Wildcats (5-0) with four goals and three assists. Leading 13-0 at halftime, Fruita Monument coach Mark Twardowski said he was able to play his entire roster. A season-high 13 different players scored goals for the Wildcats.
Track and Field
Fruita Monument won four events and took second in four as the Wildcats won the 16-team Rifle Invitational boys meet.
Chuck Bisbee won the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs for Fruita, Juston Erickson won the long jump and Jacob Hahn won the 300 hurdles for the Wildcats, who totaled 144 points, 49 more than runner-up Coal Ridge.
Central’s Uriah Gregorich-Nevin won the 800 and the Warriors placed sixth as a team.
The Fruita Monument girls team placed third out of 18 teams and got wins from Sloan Black in the triple jump and Katie Werman in the 200. The Wildcats were second in three events and finished with 77 points. Battle Mountain won the girls meet with 139 points.