Montrose wins on walk-off home run

After bunting two balls foul, Ben Cruz hit a walk-off, opposite field home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift Montrose to a 5-2 victory over Fruita Monument in Southwestern League baseball Tuesday.

Cruz had three extra-base hits and accounted for half of the Indians’ hits in a battle that came down to pitching.

After a crazy top half of the seventh where the home plate umpire overruled the first base umpire on a play at first base to cause an inning-ending double play, Wildcats pitcher Doran Wood gave up only his sixth hit after walking two runners.

“He threw of a heck of a game,” Fruita coach Ray McLennan said. “It’s always tough to win in Montrose.”

Skylar Haynes went the distance for the Indians, striking out three and walking two. The Indians, ranked second in the state in Class 4A, remain undefeated in Southwestern League play.

For Fruita, Ty Burtard and Gage Lovern each had a solo home run.

Paonia 12, Cedaredge 0: Taylor Katzer threw all five innings for the Eagles, allowing just two hits and striking out six.

Joel Simianer hit his second grand slam of the season to pace Paonia’s offense. The sophomore ended the game 3 for 3 with 5 RBI. His big blast came in the first inning when the Eagles scored seven times.

“We are playing as well as we have all season,” Paonia coach Drew Potter said.

Paonia (14-5) will be off until the district tournament, which starts May 10.


Rifle’s Taylor Walters handled the gusty conditions at Rifle Creek Golf Course better than anyone, shooting a 76 to claim top honors at the Rifle Invitational.

Bears coach Britt Choate said the senior is playing extremely well right now.

“She shot a 77 at Craig (Monday) and a 76 today, so she’s going to peak at the right time,” Choate said, referring the 4A regional next week at Carbondale’s River Valley Ranch course.

Montrose claimed the team win with a 261, three ahead of second-place Rifle. Palisade finished third with a 294.

Kala Keltz finished second individually with a 79 for Montrose. Rifle’s Alyx Carter shot an 85 for third, and Palisade’s Kate Shuman and Central’s Sam Medina tied for fourth at 86.

Montrose had four golfers in the top 11 with Chelsea Peterson and Jordan Cherry shooting 91s, and Madison Gill finishing with a 93.

Choate said Walters continues to grow as a golfer.

“She’s really coming around. Mentally and physically, she’s really grinding away,” she said.


Fruita Monument scored 11 goals in the first half en route to a 16-9 win over Eagle Valley in Mountain League boys lacrosse.

Four Wildcat players had multi-goal games, including four-goal outbursts from Aidan Woomer and Zac Twardowski.

Fruita has a nonleague rivalry game against Grand Junction at Stocker Stadium on Thursday.


Battle Mountain earned a trip to the 4A Western Slope League tournament final with a 3-1 victory over Glenwood Springs in Edwards.

Acacia Ortiz drilled a goal in the first half, then Morgan Croke upped the lead to 2-0. Jennifer Brown cut the lead in half with a goal in the 48th minute for the Demons (10-5). In the 75th minute, the Huskies’ Emily Cope made the score 3-1.

Battle Mountain (8-2-4) will play Palisade for the WSL title at Gates Soccer Park in Glenwood Springs on Thursday.


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