Nine-run first lifts Palisade to easy win in Junior boys
The Palisade Junior boys Little League team is an opportunistic offensive group.
Tuesday in the first round of the District 1 tournament, Palisade scored nine runs in the first inning on its way to a 22-6 victory over Orchard Mesa.
“We had to stay aggressive,” Palisade coach Dan Bollinger said. “We hit the ball well and were aggressive at the plate and on the base paths.”
Palisade advanced to face Grand Mesa today at 5:30 p.m.
Palisade’s offensive onslaught started with an RBI double from Luis Arevalo for a 1-0 lead. Palisade added three more runs before Orchard Mesa recorded the second out. Palisade didn’t let off the gas with two outs, scoring five more runs before Orchard Mesa got out of the inning.
“We wanted to stay focused and not get cocky,” said Cody Latham who had a two-out, two-run single in the first inning. “It was important to get runs on the board to get a good lead on them.”
Orchard Mesa didn’t go away easily, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first. Alex Fenn hit a RBI single to cut the game to 9-3.
“We got up 9-0 but had a few errors to let them back into the game,” Bollinger said. “I was afraid of us easing up.” Palisade blew the game open in the top of the second, scoring five more runs for a 14-3 lead. Brent Bollinger led the charge with a two-run single.
“We come out to play the baseball,” Dan Bollinger said. “We are going to hit, we are going to run, and we are going to play hard.”
Latham added a two-run single in the third inning to give Palisade a 17-3 lead. Latham finished 2 for 3 with five RBI.
“We wanted to try our hardest and not give up,” Latham said. “I think we’ll be good, and we hope to go to state.”
Palisade pushed its lead to 21-3 in the third inning.
Orchard Mesa got late runs from Trevor Smalley and Zach Jenkins.
In the other Junior boys game, Monument shut out Fruita 13-0.
Monument’s Cameron Campbell hit a three-run home run in the first inning, starting the offensive outburst. Monument pitcher Caleb Coleman had 15 strikeouts and allowed only two hits.
Monument plays the winner of Palisade and Grand Mesa on Thursday.
Orchard Mesa faces Fruita today at 3 p.m.