Wildcats’ bats sizzle in key SWL win over Durango
Fruita Monument scored at least two runs in each inning Saturday to beat Durango 19-6 in a Southwestern League baseball game shorted to five innings by the run rule.
Ty Burtard, Gage Lovern, Doran Wood and Dylan Row each collected three hits for the Wildcats (7-6, 2-2).
Central 17, Montezuma-Cortez 0: Seth Krebill threw a five-hit shutout in a game halted by the run rule after five innings.
Brandon Martinez paced the Warriors’ 12-hit attack with three hits and three RBI. Michael Price, Trey Garcia and Frank DiThomas each added two hits for Central (7-5, 2-1 5A SWL).
Palisade 20, Coal Ridge 1: Troy Levinson collected four hits, Caden Woods and Zane Abeyta each had three, and T.J. Tway pitched three scoreless innings, striking out six, to notch the win for the Bulldogs (5-2, 3-0 4A Western Slope League).
Rifle 9-5, Summit 3-6: Rifle got two doubles and three RBI from Triston Quigley as the Bears won the opener 9-3.
Bailey Hoffmeister pitched a complete game and went 3 for 4 with two RBI in Game 2, but Summit scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh to win 6-5 and split the 4A WSL doubleheader.
Paonia 11-14, Meeker 0-4: The Eagles (8-4, 6-0) won both of the 2A WSL games in five innings. Taylor Katzer threw a two-hitter to win the opener, and Joel Simianer capped a three-hit performance in the second game with a grand slam in the bottom of the fifth.
In Class 2A WSL doubleheaders, Cedaredge beat Grand Valley 10-0 and 14-4, and Hotchkiss beat Rangely 10-2 and 14-4.
Zac Twardowski scored three goals and Nic Chaffee and Tyrelle Peterson added two each as Fruita Monument defeated Summit 9-7 in a Mountain League game.
Corey Henricksen made 11 saves for the Wildcats (4-5, 3-1), who trailed 3-2 at the half.
Thompson Valley 8, Grand Junction 7, OT: Thompson Valley scored about 10 seconds into overtime to edge the Tigers (4-3) in a nonleague game. Scott Foster led Grand Junction with four goals. Marques Combs scored a goal with 1:20 left in the fourth quarter to force overtime.
Aspen took a 5-1 lead at the half en route to an 11-7 victory over Fruita Monument.
Fruita was led by Alyssa Urban with three goals.
Palmer Ridge 11, Grand Junction 7: Kacie Jay scored three goals for the Tigers (3-1).
Central swept the three singles matches to edge Montezuma-Cortez 4-3 in a Southwestern League match.
Fruita Monument 6, Aspen 1: The Wildcats swept the four doubles matches and got a three-set win at No. 1 singles from Lyric Fortson.
Steamboat Springs 6, Fruita Monument 1: The Wildcats’ win came from Taylor Poudrier and Amanda Charles at No. 2 doubles.
Shae Peterson scored on a free kick two minutes, 25 seconds into the game as Montrose defeated Grand Junction 1-0 in a Southwestern League game.
Goalkeeper Grace Halbach made seven saves for the Indians (7-2, 5-0) and Guadalupe Torres made six saves for the Tigers (2-5-1, 1-2-1).
Palisade 5, Eagle Valley 0: Courtney Clark scored two goals and added an assist as the Bulldogs led 4-0 at the half.
Goalie Katie Dunn had to make one save for Palisade (7-0, 7-0 4A Western Slope League).
Grand Valley 5, Aspen 1: The Cardinals (5-1, 3-1) got two goals apiece from Ashlynn Speakman and Randi Sheridan in the 3A WSL game, handing the Skiers (3-1-2, 2-1) their first loss.
Fruita Monument 2, Steamboat Springs 1: Kelsey Neptune scored a goal in the 78th minute as Fruita edged the Sailors in a nonleague game Friday. Liz Downey’s goal gave Fruita a 1-0 halftime lead.
Glenwood Springs beat Battle Mountain 2-0 in 4A WSL play and Pine Creek beat Durango 7-1 in a nonleague game.