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.


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