Palisade takes two from Huskies
EAGLE-VAIL – Will Farrell isn’t on the Palisade baseball roster, but the Bulldogs were plenty old school on Tuesday in their doubleheader against Battle Mountain.”We’d like to think that we play old school baseball,” Palisade manager Steve Moore said. “We waited them out when they weren’t throwing strikes. We were patient and then capitalized when they got them over the plate.”And that helped Palisade to a 18-1, 11-1 sweep, keeping the Bulldogs atop the 4A Slope.”It’s just good to know you can take care of business when we need to and win doubleheaders,” said centerfielder Tanner Whaley, who was a combined 5-for-6 Tuesday. “Doubleheaders are big.”
In the opener, Battle Mountain hurler Mitch Hendrix struggled with his command, hitting three Bulldogs in the first inning. While he escaped with just one scored in the opening frame, he wouldn’t be as fortunate in the next two innings. Up 4-0 going into the top half of the third, the Bulldogs sent 12 batters to the plate and put up a nine-spot. Jordan Gunther started the inning with a solo shot and Matt Barnes added a two-run homer. And just as the Bulldogs capitalized on free passes and hit batsmen, they also benefited from four Huskies’ errors during that inning. Palisade added five more runs in the fifth with a two-run single from Lucas Schott and a double from Travis Del Moral, which knocked in another two. Meanwhile, Palisade pitchers Jesse Kirkstetter and Del Moral held Battle Mountain to one hit and combined for 12 strikeouts.Battle Mountain was a bit more competitive in the second game, holding Palisade to five runs in the first four innings. Zach Domenico pitched four solid innings to start the nightcap before tiring in the fifth, when Palisade scored five runs.
Whaley’s two-run single in the fifth capped the rally and finished a 4-for-4 game for the senior.”It’s just something you hope for going into every game,” he said. It’s just a lucky thing that you can find them and hit them.”Palisade again got stellar work from the mound, this time from Josh Green and Barnes.Despite the lopsided score, Battle Mountain skipper Jason Spannagel was pleased with how his team improved in the second game.
“After a long spring break, and we didn’t practice during spring break, it definitely showed,” he said. “Between the first game and the second game, it was not night and day, but it was a definite improvement. Hopefully we can build on the second game and get even better tomorrow.”Battle Mountain hosts Delta today in a rescheduled doubleheader at 4 p.m. Athletic director Rich Houghton is looking to move the games earlier in the day if possible, so check huskyteams.com for updates. Palisade hosts Fruita Monument in nonconference action today at 4 p.m. at Suplizio Field.Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 748-2934 or firstname.lastname@example.org.