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Corbin, Robles lead Nationals to 6-3 win over Rockies

DENVER — Patrick Corbin pitched six strong innings, Victor Robles hit a three-run double, and the Washington Nationals beat the Colorado Rockies 6-3 on Tuesday night.

Corbin (2-0) gave up three runs — two earned — and five hits, and had a key base hit in Washington’s four-run third inning. He struck out six and walked one, coming out on top at Coors Field, where he has had some tough outings in the past. He entered with a 6.55 ERA in 11 previous games at Colorado, including 10 starts.

Sean Doolittle got the last four outs for his third save.

Washington scored two runs in the top of the ninth when Rockies reliever DJ Johnson walked Juan Soto with the bases loaded before hitting Howie Kendrick with a pitch.

Raimel Tapia homered for Colorado and Ryan McMahon had two hits.

Jeff Hoffman, recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque to start in place of injured Kyle Freeland (finger blister), sailed though the first two innings only to run into trouble in the third. Corbin singled to lead off the third, starting a string of four straight hits capped by Robles’ three-run double.

The hit parade prompted a mound visit from manager Bud Black, who spoke earlier in the day of the need for Hoffman to go fairly deep into the game after his bullpen saw four relievers throw six innings the night before.

Hoffman (0-1) retired the next six batters he faced, though Kendrick’s sacrifice fly in the third boosted the Nationals’ lead to 4-2. Hoffman benefited from two exceptional plays in the field in fourth on a leaping catch at the wall by center fielder Ian Desmond that robbed Brian Dozier of at least extra bases and a tumbling catch into the stands of Yan Gomes’ foul ball by left fielder Tapia.

Colorado scored an unearned in the fifth to pull within one. Charlie Blackmon scored from second base when shortstop Wilmer Difo booted Nolan Arenado’s grounder deep in the hole.

The Rockies took a 2-0 lead on Tapia’s second home run in two nights. McMahon was aboard with a single when Tapia drove a 1-0 offering from Corbin over the center-field fence.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Nationals: RHP Max Scherzer threw a bullpen session Tuesday and was expected to have another light throwing session on Wednesday. He remains on pace to make his scheduled start Friday after being struck under his left arm by a foul ball last Sunday against Miami. … INF Anthony Rendon was not in the starting lineup for a third game after being hit on his left elbow by a pitch at Miami on Saturday.

Rockies: LHP Freeland was scheduled to throw a bullpen session Wednesday as he continues working his way back from a blister on his left middle finger that landed him on the 10-day injured list.

UP NEXT

Nationals: RHP Anibal Sanchez (0-2, 4.91 ERA) has gone 4-1 with a 2.28 ERA in seven career starts against the Rockies.

Rockies: RHP German Marquez (2-1, 2.25 ERA) enters Wednesday’s series finale with the fourth-lowest ERA in the NL

Jamal Murray scores 23 in Nuggets’ 108-90 romp of Spurs

DENVER — Jamal Murray’s 23 points led six Nuggets in double figures and Denver routed the San Antonio Spurs 108-90 Tuesday night to move within one win of their first playoff series triumph in a decade.

Up 3 games to 2, the Nuggets can wrap up the series Thursday night in San Antonio, where they won last weekend for the first time since 2012, regaining the home-court advantage.

The Nuggets, who posted the best home record in the NBA and ended a six-year playoff drought by earning a surprising second seed in the Western Conference playoffs, finally looked like the team that rolled through the regular season led by All-Star Nikola Jokic and backed up by the best bench in the league.

Jokic had 16 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists and Denver led by as many 30 points at 99-69, after which their starters took a seat.

Paul Millsap chipped in 14 points as the Nuggets’ most experienced player in the playoffs bounced back from a 4-point performance in Game 4 that ended his streak of 16 consecutive playoff games with double digit scoring.

DeMar DeRozen and LaMarcus Aldridge each scored 17 for San Antonio, but Denver dominated this one almost from the tip.

The Nuggets fell behind 7-2 but thanks to a 14-2 spurt led 26-19 after one quarter.

Denver had been outscored in the first quarter in all four games and by a total of 31 points, which didn’t sit well with their coach.

“It’s something we talked about going into the series. During the regular season matchups, the team that had won the first quarter had gone on to win that game,” Michael Malone said before tip-off. “Obviously, we’ve been able to win two games even though we did not win the first quarter. I think tonight, coming off of that game in San Antonio, they’re going to come out very, very aggressive. They even stated that after the game, especially DeMar DeRozan.

“I think it’s important for us to win the first quarter, but not only to match the intensity and their aggressiveness, to exceed it. We have to come out with a hit-first mentality once again and hopefully that allows us to win that first quarter.”

The Nuggets used a 13-3 run in the second half to take an 11-point lead into the locker room at 53-42, and they raced out to a 65-44 lead less than six minutes into the second half on the strength of a 12-2 spurt coming out of the halftime break.

Their lead ballooned to 30 points on Malik Beasley’s bucket that made it 99-69.

Glenwood girls golf finishes second at RVR

Hosting the Glenwood Springs Girls Golf Championships at River Valley Ranch Monday morning, the Demons’ girls golf team finished second to the Grand Junction Tigers despite tying with identical team scores of 278. The Demons lost to the Tigers on the scorecard tiebreaker.

Individually, Grand Junction’s Brittlynn O’Dell won the tournament, shooting a round of 74, while Rifle’s Masi Smith finished second with a round of 75. Glenwood’s Lisa Kelley placed third with a round of 76 to close out the top 3.

For the Demons, following behind Kelley’s 76 was Maddie Riley with a round of 99, Maggie Friemel with a round of 103, Emma Price with a round of 126, and Katelyn Brennan with a round of 135. Rifle’s Breanna Seay shot a round of 104, while Caroline Hays and Ashley Jewell shot rounds of 111 and 154 to help the Bears finish with a team score of 290.

The Coal Ridge Titans also made the trip to RVR and shot a 338 as a team, as Jaelyn Price led the Titans with a round of 108. Grace Gonzalez shot a 114, while Isabelle Brintnall and Sterling Brintnall shot rounds of 117 and 116, and Kallie Bumgardner shot a round of 119.

Arenado homers for 1,000th hit, Rox rally past Nats 7-5

DENVER — Nolan Arenado hit a tiebreaking homer for his 1,000th career hit and the Colorado Rockies rallied to beat the Washington Nationals 7-5 Monday night.

Arenado also doubled twice and drove in two to help the Rockies win for the seventh time in eight games. He is the ninth Rockies player to reach 1,000 hits, getting there with a solo shot off Wander Suero (1-2) in the seventh to make it 6-5.

Mark Reynolds and pinch-hitter Raimel Tapia also homered for Colorado, and Trevor Story singled twice and drove in a run to extend his hitting streak to 11 games.

Brian Dozier had a three-run home run for the Nationals, who could not hold two- and three-run leads.

Tapia connected off Kyle Barraclough in the Rockies’ eighth.

Wade Davis got three outs for his second save, capping a strong showing by Rockies relievers, who picked up faltering starter Tyler Anderson by not allowing a run over six innings. Seunghwan Oh (1-0) worked a hitless seventh.

Arenado helped defensively in the ninth, snaring pinch-hitter Kurt Suzuki’s sharply hit grounder to third, stepping on the bag for the force before going to first to complete a game-ending double play.

Colorado evened the score for the second time with a three-run fifth, highlighted by Reynolds’ two-run homer off Jeremy Hellickson, who allowed a season high five runs on nine hits in five innings.

With the score tied at 2 and runners at first and second following successive walks in the fourth, Dozier drove a 2-0 offering deep into the left field bleachers to put Washington up 5-2 and chase Anderson, who was reinstated earlier in the day from the 10-day injured list (left knee inflammation). Anderson allowed five runs and four hits in three-plus innings in his shortest outing of the season.

Howie Kendrick put Washington on top with a two-run single in the first, but Colorado evened it in its half of the inning on Arenado’s RBI double and Ryan McMahon’s RBI single.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rockies: LHP Kyle Freeland will miss his scheduled start Tuesday night after going on the 10-day injured list because of a blister on his left middle finger. The move was retroactive to Friday. … INF Daniel Murphy is nearing a return from the 10-day injured list, which he has been on since April 1 after fracturing his left index finger diving for a ground ball. Murphy has gone 2 for 13 with a double and three walks in three rehab games at Triple-A Albuquerque.

NATIONALS MOVE

INF Jake Noll has been recalled from Triple-A Fresno, and the team optioned RHP Austin Adams to Fresno.

UP NEXT

Nationals: LHP Patrick Corbin (1-0, 2.36 ERA) is set to make his 22nd career start against the Rockies on Tuesday night. He has eight wins against them.

Rockies: No announcement had been made regarding a Tuesday night replacement for Freeland.

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Rockies beat Phillies 4-1 for 6th win in 7 games

DENVER — Jon Gray found a way to dispense with all the traffic on the bases.

Pitching out of trouble when he had to, Gray threw six scoreless innings, Tony Wolters had a two-run double and the Colorado Rockies beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-1 Sunday for their sixth win in seven games.

“I’m just taking more pride when those situations arise,” said Gray, who struggled at times last season to contain the big inning. “I just feel like we’re making really good pitches when it comes to crunch time.”

Trevor Story and Ian Desmond also had RBI singles for the Rockies, who won three of four against the Phillies for their second series win of the season and first at home.

Bryce Harper drew a leadoff walk in the Phillies eighth and has reached base safely in all 21 games to start the season.

The Phillies got a two-out RBI single from pinch hitter J.T. Realmuto in the ninth and had two runners when Wade Davis retired Cesar Hernandez on an infield groundout.

Gray (2-3) allowed one hit in six innings, a double by Maikel Franco in the fourth. He struck out five and walked four in winning his second in a row after losing his first three decisions.

Carlos Estevez, Scott Oberg and Davis finished up with an inning apiece.

“We didn’t a whole lot of great stuff today,” said the Rockies’ Charlie Blackmon, who had three hits and walk. “Tony Wolters got some really good hits, outside of Jon Gray just dominating. I felt like he went out and shut them down. He kind of put us on his back and won the game for us.”

Timely pitching and a baserunning gaffe by the Phillies helped him get out of trouble in the fourth, when Rockies second baseman Garrett Hampson had two errors, and he leaned on his arm again in the fifth when he issued consecutive one-out walks before retiring Andrew McCutchen and striking out Hernandez.

“I just had to settle down, take a breath and get back to what I had been doing,” Gray said. “I’m just going right at them now, attack and make good pitches and let them get themselves out. The mistakes are not going to come from me.”

Jerad Eickhoff (0-1), making his first start of the season after beginning the year on the 10-day injured list with a right lat strain, allowed four runs on seven hits in six innings. He struck out eight and walked four, including two in the Rockies’ three-run sixth.

“There was a lot of positives,” Eickhoff said. “I can think of one or two negative things that affected the game in a pretty big way. But those are things I can control, I can adjust. It’s a really positive thing to build on, for sure.”

Three consecutive two-out singles in the third gave the Rockies the lead. David Dahl started the string, advanced on Nolan Arenado’s single and came home on the hit by Story, who extending his hitting streak to 10 games. It’s his fourth career hitting streak of 10 or more games.

Colorado added three runs in the sixth. Eickhoff issued consecutive walks to start the inning and Desmond followed with an RBI single. Wolters drove in two more with a double that rolled to the wall in right-center field. Wolters was thrown out trying to reach third.

The start of the game was delayed 33 minutes because of rain.

CAUGHT IN A RUNDOWN

A baserunning mistake cost the Phillies a prime scoring opportunity in the fourth. Hernandez reached on Hampson’s fielding error and one out later, Hampson dropped Story’s toss to what looked to be a double play grounder. But Hernandez apparently didn’t see Hampson drop the ball and wandered off the base toward third.

Story quickly retrieved the loose ball to start a rundown that ended in Hernandez being tagged out trying to get back to second. “It is ultimately my fault,” Hernandez said through a translator. “I know better. I should’ve stayed on the base until I was 100 percent sure if I was out or safe. I just assumed I was out. It’s a learning experience for me, and hopefully it won’t happen again.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rockies: LHP Tyler Anderson (0-2, 11.00 ERA) is expected to be reinstated from the 10-day injured list Monday and start the series opener against the Washington Nationals. Anderson has been on the IL since April 7 with left knee inflammation. … INF Daniel Murphy has begun a rehab assignment with Triple-A Albuquerque, playing seven innings and getting five at-bats. He was placed on the injured list April 1 after breaking his left index finger diving for a groundball in the second game of the season. Murphy, a free agent acquisition, signed a two-year deal with Colorado on Dec. 21.

UP NEXT

Phillies: RHP Jake Arrieta (3-1, 2.25 ERA) is slated to start the series opener at the New York Mets on Monday night.

Rockies: No official announcement has been made but it is anticipated that LHP Tyler Anderson (0-2, 11.00 ERA) will be reinstated from the injured list and start Monday night against Washington.

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On the Fly column: The caddis are coming

The lower Roaring Fork and Colorado Rivers are starting to make the switch from blue winged olives to caddis hatches. The first few days of the hatch are always interesting; it takes the fish a minute to remember what the heck caddis are. They are starting to recall now, and are looking up and eating adults after weeks of snacking on caddis larvae.

Last week’s refusals on big dry flies will turn in to this week’s ferocious takedowns. Running double dries is a deadly combination, and if you have trouble with one fish on the end of your line, try fighting two at once. The Roaring Fork is absolutely crawling with caddis larvae, and it’s time for caddis to start their annual rituals of hatching, mating, laying eggs and dying. Sex and death, as John Geirach says.

There are a few techniques that are crucial to your fishing time, starting with having plenty of floatant. Your line, leader, tippet and fly must float well, or you will be missing fish all day. Sunken dry flies usually don’t cut it with finicky trout, and caddis fishing requires high and dry presentations on your part. Imparting motion to your dry flies from the second they light upon the water until you go to recast is practically a must. Real caddis don’t just sit there and wait to get eaten, they are struggling to launch or at least make it to shore before trouble comes in the form of a hungry fish. Move them, skate them and “bump” them all the way through your drift.

Lastly, across and downstream casts make this much easier to do on your part. This technique has trickled into most of my dry fly fishing, whether it’s caddis, blue wings, pale morning duns, green drakes and even midges. Repositioning or twitching your flies is much easier when they’re downstream versus upstream. Be sure to get on the water on our upcoming hot and bright days, then get back to the water at dusk to catch the egg layer caddis frenzy. It’s time, are you ready?

This report is provided every week by Taylor Creek Fly Shops in Aspen and Basalt. Taylor Creek can be reached at 970-927-4374 or taylorcreek.com.

Upper South Canyon trails remain closed due to mud

Biking and hiking trails in the Coal Camp area of upper South Canyon will remain closed through this month, and possibly longer, due to the still-melting snow and muddy conditions.

The lower trails, nearest the city landfill, are open for use at this time, though.

The city of Glenwood Springs, which owns most of the property where there new trail network is located, worked with the Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association (RFMBC) to extend the closure.

RFMBC Executive Director Mike Pritchard said the agreed-to winter closure in the area was set to expire on April 15.

However, after evaluating the trail conditions the weekend prior, the decision was made to move the closure date to April 30. Trail conditions will be evaluated again at that time, and it’s possible the closure date could be moved to mid-May, Pritchard said.

Pritchard said he was up checking cameras that are used to monitor trail activity late last week, and there were some violations of the trail closure. The trail head is clearly marked that the closure remains in effect, and any violators could be identified and ticketed, he said.

The upper trail closure is strictly due to the muddy conditions, Pritchard added, and not connected to a campaign by the South Canyon Coalition to encourage users to stay off the trails until early June due to wildlife concerns.

Though an official wildlife closure is not in place, the coalition says the area could support elk calving during the critical mid- to late-spring period.

“Our town still has many lower level elevations that are ideal for elk calving that support the birthing process,” coalition member Craig Amichaux writes in a guest column that appears in today’s Opinion section. 

“The South Canyon Coalition believes that one of these sensitive areas inside the canyon in located at what is also known as Coal Camp,” he writes. “We are asking the public and the mountain biking community to honor the delicate process and stay out of this area up until June 9 of each calving season.”

According to Pritchard, Colorado Parks and Wildlife was consulted during the trail planning and construction in South Canyon. As a result, a winter closure from Dec. 1 through April 15 was put in place for the Coal Camp area.

“The lower trails were not given the same winter closure,” he said, adding that a wildlife closure for the upper South Canyon area would need to have some “strong science” around it before any formal closures could be considered.

In addition to the extended South Canyon trail mud-season closure, the Bureau of Land Management has also extended the seasonal closure for parts of the Crown area south of Carbondale. That area is also popular with mountain bikers.

As for the higher-elevation trails in the area near Aspen and Snowmass, after the heavy snow this winter, it could be well into June or even early July before all of the snow has melted, Pritchard said.

jstroud@postindependent.com

Bears, Demons baseball splits in rivalry matchup

When the Rifle Bears and Glenwood Springs Demons baseball teams face off in 4A Western Slope League play, there’s no telling what’s going to happen.

Matching up Saturday at Cooper Field in Rifle for a 4A WSL doubleheader, Rifle took the first game by a 10-3 score, but Glenwood battled back in the second game to take a tight 7-5 decision as the two rivals split the showdown in league play.

In the first game, Glenwood struck first in the top of the first inning, plating two runs as senior Tyler Dollahan drove in senior Chano Gonzalez and senior Dylan Lee on a single after Gonzalez walked with one out and Lee singled. Dollahan was thrown out trying to stretch his single into a double before senior Kai Kanzer then doubled with two outs. Kanzer was picked off at second to end the Glenwood threat in the first inning.

Trailing 2-0, the Bears rallied with a run in the bottom of the first inning as freshman Gavin Peterson led off with a single and scored two batters later on a fielder’s choice by junior Derek Wagler.

The two teams went scoreless in the second, and Rifle then shut down Glenwood in the top of the third inning, setting up a 5-run outburst by the Bears in the bottom of the third to take a 6-2 lead.

Freshman Broc Caldwell led off the bottom of the third with a walk before senior Randy Starks walked with one out after a sacrifice bunt by Peterson. That set up Wagler, who roped a two-run single to make it a 3-2 game in favor of Rifle. Senior Eddie Medina then doubled home Wagler before scoring himself on an error by Glenwood. Senior Wyatt Warfel capped off the inning by scoring on another Glenwood error as Rifle jumped in front early at home.

Glenwood got a run back in the top of the fourth inning as Dollahan doubled with one out and scored on an RBI single by sophomore Zachary Cecil Hoerl to make it a 6-3 game. The Bears answered right back with two runs in the bottom of the fourth as Starks walked and scored on a triple by Wagler. The standout Rifle shortstop then raced home from third on an error by the Glenwood catcher to make it 8-3.

Rifle went on to add two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning as Peterson led off with a walk and scored on a fielder’s choice by Wagler, before Medina reached on a fielder’s choice and stole second and home to cap off the scoring in the 10-3 win.

In the second game, Rifle jumped on Glenwood with three runs in the bottom of the second inning as freshman Charlie Hisel, junior Delaney Phillips -running for senior Wyatt Warfel scored on a single by Peterson, before freshman Hayden Wells – who walked earlier in the inning – stole home for a 3-0 lead.

The Bears added another run in the bottom of the third inning to take a 4-0 lead as Wagler drilled a home run, giving the Bears a sizeable lead.

Glenwood refused to go away though as Glenwood got on the board in the top of the fourth as junior Sam Fitzwilliams singled and scored on an RBI single by sophomore Wheatley Nieslanik to make it a 4-1 game. The Demons then added three runs in the top of the fifth inning to knot the game up at 4-4 as senior Leo Anchondo led off the inning with a walk and scored on a groundout by Gonzalez to make it 4-2. Lee then reached on a Rifle error and scored on an RBI triple by Dollahan before Fitzwilliams doubled home Dollahan to make it a 4-4 game.

Rifle took a 5-4 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning as Medina reached on a Glenwood error and scored on an RBI single by freshman Trey Caldwell.

But the Demons battled back with three runs in the top of the seventh inning to take a 7-5 lead as Lee doubled and scored on a single by Dollahan, who the scored on a fielder’s choice by junior Cole Houston to make it 6-4. A bases-loaded walk by Nieslanik forced in Fitzwilliams – who walked earlier in the inning.

By splitting the doubleheader, Glenwood improves to 7-7 (3-1 in 4A WSL) on the season, while Rifle improves to 9-4 (4-2 in 4A WSL). The Demons travel to Eagle Valley Tuesday, while the Bears host Middle Park and Palisade Tuesday and Wednesday at Cooper Field.

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Phillies get HRs from Harper, McCutchen to beat Rockies 8-5

DENVER — Phil Gosselin grew up winning imaginary games for the Philadelphia Phillies. When his chance came as a major leaguer, the hometown kid came through.

Gosselin hit a three-run double that put Philadelphia ahead for good, and the Phillies got homers from Bryce Harper and Andrew McCutchen in beating the Colorado Rockies 8-5 on Saturday night.

The big hit by Gosselin came a night after he scored the go-ahead run in the 12th inning only to watch the Rockies win in the bottom half.

“You get to write your feel-good story about Goss,” Philadelphia manager Gabe Kapler said. “I can only imagine what it’s like to grow up in the Philadelphia area and then to come through like he did. He must be on top of the world right now.”

Harper hit a three-run shot in the seventh inning and McCutchen connected in the ninth to back scuffling Phillies ace Aaron Nola (2-0). Hector Neris got five outs for his third save.

Gosselin bounced around the majors before signing with the Phillies in December. He was recalled from the minors Wednesday and started at shortstop Saturday after Jean Segura (left hamstring strain) and Scott Kingery (right hamstring strain) were placed on the 10-day injured list earlier in the day.

The backup came through for the banged-up Phillies, delivering a clutch double off Antonio Senzatela (1-1) in the fourth to give them a 4-3 lead.

“I joked with the guys on the radio. I said I’d been up with the bases loaded a lot for the Phillies, it was just in my backyard as a kid,” Gosselin said. “It felt good to come through.”

Philadelphia has put four players on the injured list since arriving in Colorado.

Charlie Blackmon homered for the second straight game and finished with four hits. Raimel Tapia hit an inside-the-park home run for Colorado, which had its five-game winning streak snapped.

“I took some good swings, made some good decisions in the box and I felt like on the whole we did a pretty good job offensively,” said Blackmon, who has raised his batting average 43 points in the last two games.

The Phillies overcame their injuries at least for a night. They loaded the bases in the fourth when Gosselin stepped to the plate. He hit the first pitch from Senzatela into the gap in right-center field.

“He left one middle, middle-in and I put a good swing on it,” Gosselin said. “I wasn’t sure if it was going to get off the wall or not. I was talking to it the whole way.”

Harper padded the lead with a homer off Mike Dunn with two outs in the seventh.

“I had him 1-2 and I hung a slider,” Dunn said. “Missed my spot and he did what hitters are supposed to do.”

Harper was happier about Gosselin’s hit than his fifth homer of the season.

“He’s been great for us. He raked in spring training as well,” Harper said. “He’s a great big leaguer, a great person in the clubhouse, comes to play every single day. For him to hit that three-run double, a big boost for our lineup, a big boost for our team.”

McCutchen led off the ninth with his fourth home run after Colorado cut the margin to 7-5 in the eighth.

The Rockies built a 3-1 lead on Blackmon’s leadoff homer in the first, Tapia’s dash around the bases for his first home run of the season in the second and Trevor Story’s RBI single in the third.

Tapia’s inside-the-park homer was the 18th in club history and first since Blackmon did it July 16, 2017, at the New York Mets.

Nola struck out nine in 5 2/3 innings. He gave up three runs, nine hits and one walk, ending the night with a 6.84 ERA.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Phillies: RHP Victor Arano also was placed on the 10-day injured list with right elbow inflammation. … RHP Drew Anderson, LHP Austin Davis and INF Mitch Walding were recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley before the game.

Rockies: INF Daniel Murphy (broken left index finger) was sent to Triple-A Albuquerque for a rehab assignment. He has missed 17 games. … 3B Nolan Arenado and OF Ian Desmond were out of the starting lineup for rest, manager Bud Black said. Blackmon could get the day off Sunday. Desmond had a pinch-hit sacrifice fly in the eighth and stayed in the game in center field.

REMEMBERING COLUMBINE

The Rockies held a moment of silence for victims of the mass shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton on the 20th anniversary of a tragedy that took the lives of 12 students and one teacher.

UP NEXT

Phillies: RHP Jerad Eickhoff is scheduled to make his first start of the season Sunday.

Rockies: RHP Jon Gray (1-3, 3.42 ERA) allowed one run in seven innings Monday against San Diego.

PREP ROUNDUP: Glenwood’s Bryce Risner sets PR in 300m hurdles; Roaring Fork soccer rolls to 9-0 win

There’s a new top seed in the 4A state track and field meet in the 300m hurdles.

Glenwood Springs senior Bryce Risner blazed his way through the competition Saturday at the Dakota Ridge Invitational in Lakewood, winning the event with a personal record of 39.37 seconds, grabbing the top spot in 4A in the event with three weeks left in the regular season. Risner edged out Grand Junction’s Colin Morrison in second with a time of 39.44 seconds, and teammate Wyatt Ewer in third with a time of 40.05 seconds. Risner added a third-place finish in the 110m hurdles with a time of 15.44 seconds.

“Throughout the entire race I could feel competitors behind me, so that really gave me an extra boost,” said Risner after setting the record. “Once I saw my time after crossing the line, I let out a yell because I was so excited and looked at my dad, and he was yelling too. It was an awesome moment.”

Risner has had a goal of being a state track and field champion since he was 9 years old. Now, as he’s winding down his Glenwood career, he’s got a great shot at doing just that in the 300m hurdles.

“When I was 9, I wanted to win a state championship in the high jump,” said Risner. “But that’s changed a bit over the years and now I just want to win a state championship, period. This gives me a good shot at doing just that.”

Risner added that he’ll take the next week off to gear up for the multi-league championship meet at Stocker Stadium the first week of May, which should help him springboard into the state competition May 16-18.

Outside of Risner’s terrific day, the Demons saw senior Sequoia Kellogg win the triple jump, recording a distance of 34-02.75 feet, while teammates Daniela Barajas-Lee and Hadley Yellico finished fourth and fifth in the same event with distances of 32-04.00 and 32-03.00, respectively.

Gavin Harden smashed his previous school record of 9:41.77 in the 3200m run, clocking a time of 9:35.41 to finish in fifth in the event behind Valor Christian’s Cole Sprout, who ran a sub-9 at altitude. Glenwood teammate Henry Barth ran a personal best in the 3200m with a time of 9:45.01 to finish 12th.

Glenwood’s boys 4x400m relay of senior Gavin Olson, Risner, Ewer, and junior Kuba Bartnik placed second in the tough relay with a time of 3:27.33, clinching the top seed in 4A in the relay as well.

Of the 32 athletes that Glenwood Springs veteran head coach Blake Risner took to Lakewood Saturday, a large number of them scored points for the Demons as the Glenwood girls placed eighth with 40 points, while the boys placed seventh with 56.5 points.

For the girls, Sophia Vigil scored a sixth-place finish in the 400m dash, clocking a time of 1:01.47, while Kellogg placed ninth in the 300m hurdles for the Demons with a time of 49.85 seconds.

The girls’ 4x400m relay team of Vigil, Emily Worline, Yellico, and Kellogg placed third in the event with a time of 4:09.42. In the high jump, Kellogg placed ninth after a jump-off, clearing 4-11.00, while Payten Spencer placed fifth in the pole vault, clearing a height of 9-0.00 for the Demons.

For the boys, AJ Adams and Ewer finished third and tied for fifth in the high jump as Adams cleared 6-1.00, while Ewer tied with Rampart High’s Luke Pavlica at 5-11.00. Jacob Wolf turned in a sixth-place finish in the pole vault after clearing a height of 12-04.00, while Ewer placed sixth in the triple jump for the Demons with a distance of 41-11.00.

BASEBALL

Cedaredge 13, Roaring Fork 2

Taking on the visiting Cedaredge Bruins Saturday at Ron Patch Memorial Field in Carbondale, the Roaring Fork Rams baseball team couldn’t overcome a 6-run fourth inning by the Bruins and six team errors in a 13-2 loss in 3A Western Slope League action.

Cedaredge took a 3-0 lead in the top of the third inning before Roaring Fork responded with two runs in the bottom of the frame, thanks to RBI singles from sophomore Graham Pietsch and junior Frankie Harrington that scored seniors Layne Crisp and Dawson Kuhl to make it a one-run game.

The Bruins broke it open in the fourth though, plating four runs thanks to six singles and four walks. The Bruins then added one run in the sixth inning and three in the seventh to cap off the 13-2 win.

The loss drops Roaring Fork to 2-7 (1-2 in 3A WSL) on the season. The Rams host Montezuma-Cortez Tuesday in a doubleheader to kick off the Trent Goscha Tournament at 1 and 3 p.m.

Coal Ridge 8, Aspen 2

Traveling to Aspen Saturday morning for a 3A Western Slope League showdown with the Skiers, the Coal Ridge Titans baseball team jumped out to a 5-0 lead after two innings of play and never looked back in an 8-2 win.

The Titans scored four runs in the first inning and one run in the second inning to take the 5-0 lead before Aspen responded with one run in the fourth inning to make it a 5-1 game.

The Titans then tacked on three runs in the top of the seventh before the Skiers tried to battle back with a run in the bottom of the seventh inning, capping off the scoring in the win for the Titans.

Against Aspen, junior Ryan Kotz threw a gem on the mound, pitching a complete game with 10 strikeouts in league action.

Backing Kotz up offensively, senior Oscar Salazar and sophomore Carson Miller drove in two runs each, while junior Colby Bilson singled twice in the win.

Coal Ridge improves to 5-8 (1-2 in 3A WSL) on the season. The Titans host Grand Valley Tuesday in New Castle in another 3A WSL matchup.

GIRLS SOCCER

Fruita Monument 2, Glenwood Springs 1

Making the trip to Canyon View Park in Grand Junction to take on the 5A Fruita Monument Wildcats Saturday morning, the 4A Glenwood Springs Demons girls soccer team dropped a 2-1 decision in non-league action.

Fruita Monument junior Lila Dere started the scoring for the Wildcats at the 9:48 mark of the first half, firing a shot from 22 yards out that Glenwood sophomore goalkeeper Abby Scruton got a hand on. The shot had enough force though to sneak into the net for an early 1-0 lead.

The Demons battled back quickly as freshman Ella Johnson found the back of the net at the 16:42 mark of the first half, completing a run down the right sideline before firing a shot low inside the far left post, knotting the game at 1-1.

The score remained tied at 1-1 until the 72nd minute as Dere fired a bouncing, spinning shot into the net for the eventual game-winning goal in the non-league matchup with the Demons.

The loss drops Glenwood to 7-4 (6-2 in 4A WSL) on the season. The Demons travel to Rifle Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. for a matchup with the Bears in 4A WSL action.

Roaring Fork 9, Moffat County 0

On the road Saturday morning in Craig for a 3A Western Slope League matchup with the Moffat County Bulldogs, the Roaring Fork Rams rolled to a 9-0 win.

Individual stats were not available at the time of press.

Roaring Fork (6-4, 3-1 in 3A WSL) travels to Basalt Wednesday for a rivalry matchup with the Longhorns.

jcarney@postindependent.com