Palisade brushes off dust after loss to Delta, tops Paonia

After a 2-1/2-week weather-enforced hiatus, the Palisade High School baseball team showed some rust Tuesday afternoon.

In their first game since March 21, the Bulldogs (1-4, 1-2 Western Slope League) lost 11-0 to Delta in five innings at Suplizio Field.

“We came out flat,” Bulldogs junior Mike Seriani said. “We have been off the field for a while, but that is no excuse for performing like that.”

In the Bulldogs’ defense, their first game back wasn’t easy.  Delta (7-2, 5-0 WSL) is off to a good start and sent its ace, David Henrie, to the mound.

He allowed two hits and struck out eight.

“Dave did a real good job for us,” Delta coach Casey Carlquist said. “We need that every time he comes out.”

Palisade threw Jake Appling, who opened with two shutout innings. In the third, though, the Panthers began to chip away, getting a two-run double from Robert Simpson for a 3-0 lead.

The Bulldogs threatened with two outs in the bottom of the third inning after Seriani reached on an error, and Tucker Barnes made it to first on a dropped third strike. But Henrie ended the threat as he struck out Pete Lelich with runners on the corners.

“We never made the adjustment to (Henrie),” Palisade coach Steve Moore said. “We knew he was a fastball pitcher, and we never made the adjustment.”

Delta increased its lead in the fourth inning, scoring seven runs on five hits, and added another run in the fifth.

“It was a team effort,” Carlquist said. “We had a couple of innings where we did things right on the base paths, and got hits when we needed.”

After taking a 10-0 lead, Henrie retired the next six Palisade batters he faced. Moore said the Bulldogs didn’t respond to the deficit the way he hoped.

“It was a gut check for us,” Moore said. “I wanted to see how our kids reacted and I wasn’t too pleased with it. There is a time you have to bear down when a team scores three or four runs,
and come back.”

Moore said he sensed his players got down and never picked themselves back up.

“We made it too easy for them,” Moore said. “There are going to have to be some kids on this team that show more leadership and take over.”

The Bulldogs two hits came off of singles by Appling and Jake Edmiston. Delta was led by Davis who went 2 for 3.

Luckily for the Bulldogs, they had the opportunity to brush off the tough loss to Delta, playing Paonia right after its game with the Panthers.

Palisade dominated in the third and fourth innings, winning 16-4.

The Bulldogs were led by Riley Josey, who had two triples.

Palisade plays Moffat County on Saturday at Canyon View Park.


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