Prep roundup, May 4, 2013
Hot bats help Junction get key victory
Grand Junction got the win it needed Saturday, 10-4 over Durango, to get in position to claim an automatic berth in the Class 5A state playoffs.
The Tigers (11-7, 6-3) need a win over Fruita Monument at 6 p.m. on Tuesday at Suplizio Field to finish with the best record among Class 5A schools in the Southwestern League. That would net the Tigers the automatic Class 5A state berth the league receives.
Caleb Coleman slowed down the bats of a Durango squad that had slugged it out with the Tigers in a 14-13 Grand Junction victory earlier this season. Tigers coach Donnie Alexander heaped praise upon the sophomore, who has seen limited varsity playing time.
“He just did a fantastic job, and our hitters kept putting up runs,” Alexander said. “Caleb did a really good job of throwing three pitches for strikes and keeping them off-balance. I’m really proud of him.”
Coleman blanked the Demons through four innings, then gave way to Neil Ryan with two outs in the fifth, the inning that Durango scored all of its runs. Ryan allowed only one hit and no runs the rest of the way.
Dillon Fante went 4 for 5 and drove in two runs to lead Grand Junction’s 16-hit attack, and Owen Taylor added three hits and three RBI.
Palisade 10-12, Eagle Valley 1-2: Cody Higman threw the first six innings and struck out 11 batters in the opener, and Palisade got three hits, including two triples, from Cameron Campbell to pace a 16-hit attack.
The Bulldogs (17-2) collected 14 hits in Game 2 to sweep the Class 4A Western Slope League doubleheader and finish undefeated in the league at 14-0. Easton Woods had three hits and got on base five times, and Quynn Clark hit a triple and a double, driving in three runs for Palisade.
Rifle 15-24, Battle Mountain 2-0: Bailey Hoffmeister pitched a complete game and helped his cause by getting on base four times and scoring each time as the Bears won Game 1.
In the second game, Rifle scored 16 runs in the first inning and Teig Hauer threw a three-hit shutout. Triston Quigley hit two home runs and a triple, driving in seven runs, and Danny Bartels hit a home run and three triples for the Bears (13-6, 9-5 4A WSL).
Delta 12-5, Glenwood Springs 2-4: Delta got four hits and three RBI from Tyler Sandoval and three hits from Ryan Whiteside to win the opener.
In Game 2, the Panthers (15-3, 11-2 4A WSL) rallied from a 3-2 deficit with three runs in the top of the fourth.
Olathe 9-6, Basalt 11-1: After falling short in a seventh-inning rally in the opener, Olathe (11-7, 10-6) handed Basalt its first loss in 3A WSL play as winning pitcher Calvin Corey went the distance and limited the Longhorns (15-2, 13-1) to one run on six hits.
“That’s a confidence-booster for us,” Pirates coach Darren Sofka said of his team battling back to win Game 2.
Burenheide scores 7 goals to lift ‘Cats
Lindsey Burenheide scored seven goals and had two assists as Fruita Monument closed its season with a 13-10 victory over Pine Creek in a nonleague game.
Lauren Sullivan added three goals, Alyssa Urban had two goals and two assists and Nicole Twardowski had three assists as the Wildcats finished with a 6-9 record.
“The girls played super hard, ran well, passed well, took good, hard shots, and we outplayed a very good team,” Fruita coach Mark Twardowski said. “It was a good positive note to end the season on.”
Goalkeeper Courtney Petek made 11 saves for the Wildcats, who matched Pine Creek with 21 shots.
Tigers rally in 3rd quarter, but fall to Sailors
Grand Junction stormed back from a 6-1 halftime deficit, scoring seven goals in the third quarter, but Steamboat Springs held on for an 11-9 victory in a Mountain League game.
The Tigers (7-7, 5-4) would have remained in contention for the state playoffs with a win, but Grand Junction coach James States said his team is officially out with the loss.
He said the Tigers’ third-quarter rally made him proud.
“We just said goodbye to 13 seniors, and they left their hearts on the field,” States said. “Being down 6-1 and playing the way they did in the third quarter, scoring seven goals, hopefully that passion is passed along to the younger players.”
Luke Dohm, Kris States and Marques Combs each scored two goals for the Tigers, and Grand Junction goalie Kolton Flick made 11 saves.