Palisade's hit parade leads to sweep of Huskies

Palisade base runner Austin Bernal is tagged out by Battle Mountain's Milton Garzon during a rundown Saturday afternoon at Palisade High School.

The Palisade High School baseball team strung together hit after hit Saturday to sweep a doubleheader against Battle Mountain.

The Bulldogs won the first game 17-0 in five innings and the second 12-1 in the sixth.

In the first game, Palisade (8-2, 5-0 Class 4A Western Slope League) backed a solid pitching performance from Masson Barber with mutliple-run rallies in the first, second and third innings against Battle Mountain (0-9, 0-4).

Brett Wagner cleared the bases with a double in the first inning, part of the Bulldogs' early 5-0 lead. Wagner and Stevie Reynolds crossed the plate in the second inning to stretch the lead.

Palisade batted around in the third inning with three walks and doubles from Austin Bernal, Cody Bellmire and Elijah Swank. The result was a 13-0 lead after three.

Sebo Campbell, Bernal and Jack Mohler hit consecutive singles as part of Palisade's three-run fourth inning to cap the scoring.

Palisade's scoring slowed in the second game, which started with a 5-0 rally in the first inning on several walks and a double from Wagner.

The Bulldogs scored twice more in the third and ended the game early with a three-run surge in the sixth inning on a pair of doubles from Reynolds and Bellmire.

Grand Junction 8, Durango 5: The Tigers (6-6, 2-0 Southwestern League) scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning and carried that momentum to a victory over the Demons (5-4, 0-2).

Zac Coleman was 3 for 3 with two RBI, Chavis Nourse was 1 for 2 with a solo home run and Jared Hanks was 1 for 4 with a double.

Coleman also earned the victory, scattering nine hits over five innings with five strikeouts and three walks.

Paonia 21-17, Rangely 0-0: Kayden Seriani, Jaden Miller and David Lozano combined to strike out 11 batters in a five-inning victory in the first game.

Seriani hit a home run and scored five runs.

Slater Podgorny, Grey Neal, Seriani and Lozano each had three hits.

In the second game, Paonia exploded for 12 runs in the first inning.

Jaden Miller and Anders Schopp hit back-to-back triples and Soul Connelly added a triple later in the same inning.

Rifle 10, Steamboat Springs 6: Eddie Medina allowed only three hits and two earned runs with four strikeouts in six innings to lead Rifle (6-5, 4-2 4A WSL). Connor Gould added a 2-for-2 performance with a triple, Wyatt Warfel had a double and Levi Warfel drove in two runs for the Bears.

BOYS LACROSSE

Josh Newhouse scored six goals, but it wasn't enough for Grand Junction (3-6, 2-2 Mountain League) in an 11-10 overtime loss to Durango (4-2, 2-2).

Noah Lohar had 11 saves for Grand Junction.

GIRLS SOCCER

Durango scored three goals before halftime in a 3-0 win over Central.

Taylor Klone scored first for the Demons (2-4, 1-0 SWL), Autumn Stevens added another 30 seconds later on a free kick, and Caroline Knight scored the third a couple minutes after that. It was the second straight loss for the Warriors (3-5, 1-3).

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