Tigers fall in softball

The Grand Junction High School softball team had one come-from-behind win this season before the Tigers opened play Friday in the Peach Fuzz tournament at Kronkright Softball Complex.

The Tigers couldn’t quite pull off a second one, falling 2-1 to Thomas Jefferson.

Grand Junction pitcher Cierra Cosslett allowed two runs, both in the first inning, and then allowed only three more hits and striking out 10 in the loss.

“I always use my anger against them and try to throw as hard as I can,” Cosslett said. “If they hit it, I know my defense will get it.”

Thomas Jefferson started the game by getting their leadoff hitter on base before Aryn Grywusiewicz doubled to bring in the first run. Lauren Jorgenson drove home Grywusiewicz on a ground ball to give the Spartans a 2-0 lead.

“(We wanted) to start ahead, jump on them right away and put everyone in a position to catch us,” Thomas Jefferson coach Kyler Jackson said. “We’re a lot better at holding on to leads than we are at trying to come back.”

Cosslett ran into trouble again in the third inning. Thomas Jefferson had a runner on third with no outs, but the Tigers’ defense came through with a catch in shallow right field, followed by a strikeout and a ground ball to shortstop Jenny Kelly to end the inning.

The Tiger offense only managed four hits against Grywusiewicz.

“She’s been with me since she was a freshman and we’ve been grooming her for this season,” Jackson said.

Grand Junction coach Adam Diaz said Grywusiewicz pitched well, but he felt his players were swinging at too many bad pitches.

“I’m always disappointed when we lose because I know how good we can be, especially when we give extra outs and runs,” Diaz said. “If you do that with any good team they’re going to capitalize on your errors and that’s exactly what (Thomas Jefferson) did. They capitalized on our mistakes.”

Grand Junction’s only run came in the third inning. Kelly led off with an infield single before stealing second base. Joei Ritter popped out to the pitcher before Kelly was moved to third on a ground ball by Paula Lage. Kelly scored on a wild pitch.

•  In other results from Friday’s action at the Peach Fuzz, Fruita Monument defeated Delta 12-0, propelled by a nine-run fourth inning. Palisade lost a defensive battle with Prairie View 3-2, Rifle blanked Montezuma-Cortez 15-0 and Basalt defeated Durango 5-3.
Central 7, Columbine 4: The Warriors started their season with a 7-4 road win against Columbine. Mikayla Duffy got the win for the Warriors, and Taylor Hice doubled in the error-plagued game.


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