Swing and a miss: Fruita fans 15 times against Regis’ Lowery in district tourney
Luke Lowery was simply too much for the Fruita Monument High School baseball team.
Saturday in the Class 5A District 6 tournament at Regis Jesuit High School, Lowery struck out 15 batters in Regis’ 3-2 win.
“Good pitchers can make good hitters look bad,” Fruita Monument coach Ray McLennan said. “But he was their No. 1. We asked the coach if they saved any pitching, and he said they thought we’d be the best team they’d see in the district.”
Regis scored three runs in the second inning off Fruita Monument’s Cody Rahmann.
The Wildcats’ senior pitcher responded in the top of the third inning with an RBI double that scored Ryan Mixon, cutting the score to 3-1.
Rahmann settled in during the third inning, getting out of a jam with runners in scoring position to keep the Wildcats within striking distance.
“Cody threw a great game and that’s what we look for out of a senior pitcher,” McLennan said. “They had the three-run inning, and we could have unraveled, but he got us out of some stuff.”
Although Rahmann was starting to get comfortable, Lowery continued to mow down the Wildcats — notching his 12th strikeout in the fifth inning.
Rahmann got to Lowery again in the seventh inning with a solo home run to right field, cutting the lead to 3-2. Lowery struck out the final two batters of the game.
“We thought if we could get a runner on, we could get it into extra innings,” McLennan said. “But the kids hung in there and didn’t make the playoff game too big for them.”
Fruita Monument ended the season losing its final four games, finishing 11-8.
Grand Junction’s game against Mountain Vista was postponed until 12:30 this afternoon because of poor field conditions at Ralston Valley. If the Tigers win, they’ll play in the title game at 3 p.m.
In 4A, Palisade’s game was postponed until today. The Bulldogs play Cheyenne Mountain at 12:30 p.m., with the district title game at 3.
Eagle Valley and Delta also had their district tournaments moved to today.
Montrose defended its No. 2 overall seed by defeating Falcon 8-3, then topping Niwot 10-2.
The Indians are advancing to the final eight for the first time since 1956.
“The guys were pumped,” Montrose coach Landon Wareham said. “This isn’t something Montrose has done very often.”
In Class 3A, No. 5 Olathe defeated No. 28 Rye 9-4, then won the District 4 championship game 6-2 over Machebeuf. Roaring Fork dropped a 5-4 decision to Bennett in the first round after a lengthy delay for hail and Cedaredge lost to Strasburg 8-4 and Hotchkiss lost 11-8 to Valley.
Track & FIELD
Fruita Monument’s girls track team tied with Durango for the Southwestern League championship Saturday in Durango, each scoring 146 points. Montrose was third and Grand Junction fourth.
The Durango boys edged Fruita Monument by one point for the title, 159-158, thanks to a second-place finish by the 1,600 relay team. Fruita was third in the race. Grand Junction was third with 98 points.
The Wildcats’ girls team got titles from Laura Gladden (1:02.21) in the 400 meters, Katie Martin (26.93) in the 200 meters, with teammate Natalie Peterson finishing second, the 800 relay team (1:50.96) and Meriah Redding in the high jump (5-0), with Krista Hinton second on misses.
Levi Davenport won the shot put for the Wildcats (45-10.25), their only individual championship. Woody Seagren finished second in the 3,200 (10.36.06), Martin Zupan in the 200 (22.55), the 3,200 relay team (8:36.04), 800 relay (1:31.00) and 400 relay (43.49).
Grand Junction’s girls went 1-2 in the 100 dash, with Allie Grasso winning (13.52) and Stephanie Ryken second (13.64). The Tigers also won the 400 relay (50.77) and Sara Verslius won the triple jump (33-04.5).
The Tigers’ Stuart Shrum won the boys 100 meters (11.48), Jonathon Wright (49.89) and Shrum (50.59) went 1-2 in the 400 meters, the 1,600 relay team won (3:24.27) and Brandon Malloy won the triple jump (40-11.5).
Central, which placed fifth in both the boys and girls meets, got victories by Scott Davison in the 300 hurdles (40.91), Gilberto Galvan in the discus (138-04), Jamie Pomaski in the girls discus (113-07), and the girls 800 sprint medley (1:57.14).
Athletes whose times and distances are in the top 18 in the final state rankings qualify for this week’s state championships.