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No. 4 Montrose beats Grand Junction thanks to a great pitching performance

Montrose Grand Junction baseball

(Tom Hoganson)

Fourth-ranked Montrose baseball scored seven runs on ten hits en route to a 7-2 win over Grand Junction on Friday.

Dustin Boone led the way for Montrose with a two-run home run, and Dylan James went 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Trey Schwardtfeger pitched 5 2/3 innings in the win, allowing just one earned run. He struck out 10.

"Our guys played tough and executed well," Montrose coach Landon Wareham said. "We were ready to get after a good pitcher and good team."

After Grand Junction grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, Boone hit his two-run home run, which gave Montrose the lead for good. They added a run in the second, and another in the fourth to make it 4-1.

Grand Junction scored one run in the top of the fifth to cut the lead in half at 4-2. But Montrose responded with a three-spot in the bottom of the sixth.

"Hits are contagious and right away we were hitting, so it spread around," said Montrose senior Indy Laird. "We all stuck to the same approach and it works."

Montrose, now 15-3, plays at Durango next Friday and Saturday. Grand Junction (10-7) hosts Eagle Valley on Monday.

Montrose Grand Junction baseball

(Tom Hoganson)