Ten-run fifth inning lifts Montrose past Montezuma-Cortez

Montrose exploded for 10 runs in the fifth inning Friday to win its Southwestern League baseball opener 14-4 over Montezuma-Cortez.

The game was shortened to five innings by the run rule.

“We swung the bats pretty good all game. We just were hitting them at people,” said Montrose coach Landon Wareham, who added the Indians didn’t strike out in the game. “(In the fifth inning) they finally started falling in, and we got a key error by them that helped us.”

Skylar Haynes led the Indians’ 12-hit attack with three hits, including a double, and Josh Robertson, Ben Cruz, and Garrett Zarkis had two hits and three RBI apiece.

Tyrus Lopez pitched three innings of relief to earn the win for Montrose (8-0, 1-0).

West Linn 13, Grand Junction 3: Grand Junction led 2-0 after one inning, but West Linn (Ore.) collected 18 hits and scored at least two runs in five of the remaining six innings.

“We couldn’t get strikes on the mound,” Tigers coach Donnie Alexander said. “When we did throw strikes, they were up in the zone.”

Zack Cox had two hits and drove in a run for Grand Junction, and Owen Taylor and Tristan Lafferty each laced a double.

The Tigers dropped to 5-3.


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