Palisade Legion B team reaches state semis
The Palisade Legion B baseball team advanced to the semifinals of the state tournament with an 18-8, 5-inning victory over Eagle Valley on Thursday in Frisco.
Palisade’s batters found holes in the defense all game long, leading to the short day.
Ethan Woods started for Palisade and struck out seven to earn the win.
Garrett Traggorth led Palisade’s offense, going 2 for 3 with four RBI. Tass Crow, T.J. Tway and Troy Livingston all went 2 for 3 and Quinn Clark went 3 for 4 for Palisade, which plays Fort Morgan today at 4 p.m. in the semifinal game.
Gene Taylor’s swept in DH
The Greeley Gojos kept Gene Taylor’s from winning its second straight division title, sweeping a doubleheader 5-3 and 10-4 at Canyon View Park.
Gene Taylor’s took a 2-0 lead in the first game, with Brett Labonte’s two-run single driving in Evan McDermott and Drew Bridges. Greeley answered in the third inning with two runs off Tate Herland, then took the lead in the fifth on an RBI groundout.
Gene Taylor’s tied the game in the bottom of the seventh inning on Owen Taylor’s RBI triple. Greeley took the lead in the eighth, scoring two runs off Steven Baldwin, aided by two errors. Gene Taylor’s loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the eighth, but was unable to come up with a clutch hit.
Tristan Lafferty went 2 for 3 in the first game and Herland pitched six innings, allowing three runs on eight hits with four walks and one strikeout.
Greeley got off to a quick start in the second game, scoring two runs in the first and five in the third off Kameron Pfaff and Baldwin before Gene Taylor’s got on the board. In the bottom of the third, Cole Cummins’ RBI triple scored Dillon Fante, Cummins scored on a fielder’s choice and Bridges scored on an error to pull Gene Taylor’s to within 7-3.
Greeley scored one run in the fourth and two in the fifth off Labonte to take a 10-3 lead. Bridges scored the final run for Gene Taylor’s on an RBI groundout in the fifth.
Zach Lebsock was 2 for 2 for Gene Taylor’s in the second game.
Gene Taylor’s begins the state tournament Aug. 1.