HOTCHKISS, Colorado - Shorthanded as it was, Roaring Fork High School's baseball team didn't come up short against Hotchkiss by very much.
Down to 10 players with three missing due to eligibility issues, Roaring Fork lost a 4-1 decision to perennial state contender Hotchkiss in a nonleague game on Tuesday.
"We were playing a lot of young kids who had never really played before," Roaring Fork coach Marty Madsen said. "So they were thrown into the deep end so to speak. But they did really well considering."
The Rams (0-3 overall) were limited to two hits, one of which came on a long first-inning home run from Tanner Nieslanik that gave Roaring Fork a 1-0 lead. The Bulldogs' lineup battled back, however, and got a pair of runs to take the lead before adding on two more in the bottom of the sixth inning to cap the scoring.
Freshman Cesar Gonzalez got the win for Hotchkiss, going the distance with 12 strikeouts and one walk. Omar Olivas also went the distance on the mound for Roaring Fork, allowing three earned runs with four strikeouts and two walks.
Roaring Fork opens Class 3A Western Slope League play at home Saturday with a doubleheader against Olathe, a state tournament qualifier last year.
CARBONDALE, Colorado - Nayeli Alfaro scored goals and had a pair of assists for Roaring Fork High School's girls soccer team in its 5-0 Class 3A Western Slope League win against Basalt.
Natalie Olivas, Mia Wedemeyer and Shilo Merriott each had a goal, and Merriott chipped in an assist for the Rams (1-0-1), who jumped to a 4-0 lead by halftime. Kristin Joyner also had an assist for the Rams, who play again Thursday at Vail Christian.
RIFLE, Colorado - Danny Bartels hit a three-run home run and Bailey Hoffmeister reached base in all five of his plate appearances, leading Rifle to an 18-0 nonleague victory against Grand Valley at Deerfield Park.
Hoffmeister finished 1-for-1 batting, was hit by a pitch twice and walked twice with three runs scored. Teig Hauer added a 2-for-2 outing with a double and three RBIs for the Bears, who scored 10 in the fourth inning to initiate the 10-run mercy rule.
Stephan Padilla had the only hit of the game for the Cardinals, who open 3A WSL play with a doubleheader at Moffat County on Saturday.
Rifle opens 4A WSL play Saturday when it hosts a twin bill against Steamboat Springs.
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado - The Glenwood Springs girls tennis team earned a pair of dual victories this past Saturday, beating Vail Mountain School and Cedaredge by identical 5-2 scores.
Sarai Zilm, the Demons' No. 1 singles player, earned a 6-4, 7-5 win over Allison Huerr of Vail Mountain and a 6-0, 6-1 victory against Cedaredge's Jessica Chavalier. Also winning twice was No. 3 singles player Sadie Dickinson, whose most convincing win was against Ashley Love of Cedaredge (6-3, 6-0).
Glenwood's No. 1 doubles team (Tessa Elbert and Elise Metzger) and No. 2 doubles team (Morley Perrin and Ivy Wright) also earned a pair of victories.
The Demons play again Thursday against Roaring Fork at the Glenwood Springs Community Center tennis courts.