GRAND JUNCTION, Colo-The Fruita Monument baseball team is set to take on rival Grand Junction at Canyon View Park tomorrow.
“The team always looks forward to this game,” said Wildcats coach Ray McLennan. “Anytime they play, both teams seem to raise their level of play a little bit.”
Not only is it a big game because of the rivalry, but both the Tigers and the Wildcats have won their last three games and stand at 2-1 in Southwestern League play.
“We all know everybody,” said Grand Junction coach Kyle Rush. “Pitching is key. You’ve got to throw strikes. You can’t give up an easy walk, and, really, records are thrown out the window and it just turns out to be a great game.”
Senior catcher Tyler Gastineau says he is looking forward to a full team when the Tigers take the field tomorrow. Four Grand Junction seniors and two sophomores served a four-game suspension after an incident during the team’s road trip to Phoenix.
“We lost some kids, but now they’re back,” he said. “I think our team bond is going to be much stronger.
First pitch is set for Tuesday, April 3 at 4 p.m.