PEACH VALLEY — Nathan Nelson was never concerned about how good the Cedaredge High School baseball team has been this year.
“Yeah, they are good,” the Coal Ridge sophomore said. “But what about how good we are?”
The Titans were definitely good enough to beat the previously unbeaten Bruins on Tuesday. Nelson threw a complete-game two-hitter and Caleb Maynard had two of the Titans’ six hits, helping Coal Ridge top Cedaredge, the ninth-ranked team in Class 3A, 9-3 in a Class 3A Western Slope League game.
“He asked for the ball,” said Coal Ridge coach Dan Larsen of Nelson, to took the loss in the previous meeting between the teams. “He wanted a chance to get himself into that fifth or sixth inning again.”
Nelson did that and then some. He allowed two hits, three runs — two earned — and one walk with nine strikeouts. He set down the first nine batters he faced in order, and took a no-hitter into the fifth inning.
“I’m glad I didn’t know that,” Larsen said, jokingly.
The Bruins, who prior to Tuesday’s game had outscored their opponents 150-43 this season, fell to 11-1. Coal Ridge improved to 3-6 overall, 3-4 in the 3A WSL.
Maynard’s two-run double was part of a three-run second inning that staked Coal Ridge to a 5-0 lead. Peter Williamson scored an unearned run in the fourth inning to pull the Bruins within four, and an RBI double from Aaron Henrie, followed by a sacrifice fly from Trent Walker, brought Cedaredge within 5-3 in the top of the sixth inning.
The Titans blew the game open in the bottom of the inning, taking advantage of three Cedaredge errors in a four-run frame that provided the final margin of victory. Nelson pitched a perfect seventh to finish the game.
Coal Ridge continues league play Saturday when the Titans host a doubleheader against Olathe.
Grand Junction 22, Glenwood Springs 0
GRAND JUNCTION — The Demons, who coach Rick Stevens said were missing more than a dozen players due to injuries, were forced to field mostly players who had only seen junior varsity playing time. Steven Foster had four goals to pace the Tigers, who outshot Glenwood, 46-0.
Grand Valley 10, Rifle 1
PARACHUTE — The Cardinals won the nonleague game against the Bears easily, getting four first-half goals from Lauren Paskett and another three first-half goals from Kyra Chenoweth in the victory.
Paskett scored in the second, 28th, 33rd and 40th minutes, and Chenoweth scored in the third, seventh and 38th minute to help give the Cardinals (7-2-0, 4-1-0 3A Western Slope League) and 8-0 halftime lead.
Ashlynn Speakman added a pair of goals and Randi Sheridan capped the scoring with a second-half goal of her own. Rifle scored its lone goal of the game in the 71st minute.
The Cardinals continue league play Thursday at Basalt.
Roaring Fork 7, Colorado Rocky Mountain School 0
CARBONDALE — Natalie Olivas scored four goals — all of them in the first half — to help lift the Rams (6-1-1 overall, 1-1-1 3A WSL) over the Pearls.
Roaring Fork coach Heather Fox put Olivas in goal for the second half after the Rams had built a 4-0 lead. Emily Fisher added a pair of goals and Matie Nieblas also found the net for Roaring Fork in the second half.
The Rams continue league play Thursday at Rangely.