Wildcats rally from 5-0 deficit vs. Cortez
Gage Lovern hit a triple and a home run and drove in five runs Saturday as the Fruita Monument High School baseball team rallied from a 5-0 deficit to beat Montezuma-Cortez 17-7 in five innings.
Lovern’s two-run home run to left-center came in the second inning when the Wildcats (4-4, 1-1 Southwestern League) trailed 5-0.
“He’s always been a pretty good hitter,” Fruita coach Ray McLennan said. “He kind of started slowly this year, surprisingly, but he broke out. He gave us some life.”
Lovern was 3 for 4, and came up a double short of hitting for the cycle.
Montrose 6, Grand Junction 5 (8 innings): Montrose scored one run in the bottom of the eighth inning to defeat Grand Junction (4-2, 0-1 SWL).
With two outs, host Montrose (5-0, 1-0) drew two walks before Ben Cruz drove in Brennan Woodruff with a ground ball single between first and second base.
Grand Junction led until Montrose tied it at 5-5 in the bottom of the fifth.
“We fought back the whole time,” Montrose coach Landon Wareham said.
Durango 20, Central 7: Durango (5-3, 2-0 SWL) scored six runs in the fifth inning and nine in the sixth to win at Central (4-2, 0-1).
Central catcher Kyle Serrano went 2 for 2 with two doubles, two walks and two RBI.
Hotchkiss 11, Rifle 3: Jamie Rodriguez was 3 for 4 with a home run, four runs scored and two RBI for Hotchkiss (3-1, 2-1 Class 3A Western Slope League), which defeated visiting Rifle (6-1, 6-1).
Rodriguez also struck out nine batters in 4 1/3 innings.
Rifle won the first game 2-1.
Wyatt Allen, Skyler King and Aidan Woomer scored two goals apiece as Fruita Monument defeated Telluride 10-0.
Fruita (4-0) scored all of its goals in the second half.
Leah Swander scored three goals as Grand Junction (1-1) rallied from a 2-1 halftime deficit to defeat Valor Christian, 4-3.
“Our passing was much better,” Grand Junction coach Adrea Tilford said.
Battle Mountain 3, Palisade 1: Palisade could not come back from a 3-0 halftime deficit in a loss to Battle Mountain.
“We gave them two breakaway goals, back-to-back, right before halftime,” Palisade coach Raina Sorensen said.
Hannah Talbott scored for the Bulldogs (2-1).
The District 51 Griffins won three events and the meet at the El Pomar Natatorium.
The Griffins scored 609.5 points, followed by Montrose’s 568.
Tyler Fair won the 200-yard individual medley in 2 minutes, 8.51 seconds, only .01 second off a Class 5A state qualifying time. He qualified for the 100 backstroke, winning in 58.05 seconds.