Without Maestas, Palisade finds way to defeat Summit
With its main goal scorer out for the season with a knee injury, Palisade struggled to a 1-0 win over Summit at the Peach Bowl to stay unbeaten on the season.
Palisade (5-0) got the second-half goal when the Summit’s goalkeeper allowed the ball to trickle into the goal after it was kicked by a teammate.
The Bulldogs applied plenty of offensive pressure in the game and finished with 12 shots, but they couldn’t find the net. On the goal, senior Katie Mueller and freshman Maya Hilty pressured the goalkeeper, and the ball slipped into the net.
Head coach Raina Sorensen said it will take a little time for the team to adapt to missing Cruz Maestas, who was injured last Saturday.
“We have to adjust and do things differently. We obviously don’t have another Cruz, so different kids are going to have to step up in different areas,” she said. “It’s not going to be just one person. It’s going to be the whole team.”
Mueller, who was playing her first game of the season after being injured, is in her first year of high school soccer after competing on the track and field team for three years.
Sorensen said for the Bulldogs to keep being successful, they have to communicate better on the field.
“The first half was a little rocky. We just weren’t ready mentally,” she said, “Talking was the biggest thing. When we were talking (on the field) we had no problems. When we were silent, things got ugly again.”
Fruita Monument hit the ball hard all day, but it scored only two runs in a 3-2 loss to Los Alamos, N.M, in the Piedra Vista (N.M.) Tournament.
After allowing Los Alamos to score two runs in the bottom of the first inning, the Wildcats (4-2) tied the score in the second, but Los Alamos (6-4) scored one run in the third and then turned the game over to its pitcher.
Jared Mang pitched a complete game, allowing only six hits, one walk and striking out three, including a key strikeout in the top of the seventh inning. With runners on first and second with one out, Mang got a strikeout and a groundout to end the game.
“He’s a smart pitcher,” Fruita coach Ray McLennan said. “We had him on the ropes in the second, but we couldn’t get the big hit when we needed it.”
All six of the Wildcats’ hits were singles, but McLennan said making good swings was key in the wood-bat tournament.
Grant Stagg was 2 for 3 with one RBI, and James Stagg drove in the other run for Fruita with a sacrifice fly.
Pitcher Colton Chamberlain started for the Wildcats and allowed all three runs, four hits and four walks in three innings. Sam Graf pitched three hitless innings, striking out three in relief.
Fruita Monument plays the loser of Piedra Vista and Valencia today at 11:30 a.m.
Grand Junction didn’t lose a set in sweeping Montrose 7-0 in a Southwestern League dual.
All three Tigers singles players had at least one perfect game with No. 3 singles player Sarah Megan Erb winning 6-0, 6-0.
The No. 1 doubles team of Jordin Early and McKenna Brooks only lost one game, winning 6-0, 6-1, and the No. 3 doubles team of Anjana Thapa and Kristen Balke only lost two games in a 6-1, 6-1 victory.
Grand Junction improved to 4-0 in duals.