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Bears break out lumber in sweep of Cards

Rifle’s softball squad broke out the lumber in a doubleheader sweep of Grand Valley on Saturday.

The Bears put up a combined 38 runs and collected 23 hits in 26-16 and 12-2 victories in Rifle.

Emma Speer belted a grand slam and went 2 for 4 with five RBIs in the 26-run outburst.

Allie Ehlers (3 for 6, four runs), Jordan Smith (2 for 3, four runs, two RBIs), Brittany Neuroth (1 for 2, RBI), Norisa Navratil (3 for 4, five runs, two RBIs), Cassidy Blackard (3 for 3, four runs, three RBIs) and Cheyenne Roark (1 for 1, four runs) were all major offensive contributors for Rifle.

Taylor Gore pitched four innings for the win, allowing no earned runs and just two hits.

Grand Valley erupted for 12 runs in the fourth inning, drawing 10 walks and benefitting from two hit-by-pitches off Rifle relievers. Gore re-entered the game the next inning after pitching the first three.

Gore pitched the Bears to victory in the 12-2 decision. She scattered five hits and allowed two earned runs.

On offense, Neuroth (2 for 3, two RBIs), Blackard (1 for 3, RBI), Ehlers (double) and Speer (1 for 2, two runs, two stolen bases) all chipped in.

Rifle struck for five runs in the third inning and four runs in the fourth.

Grand Valley committed six errors.

The Bears improved to 2-0 with the season-opening wins.

Next up for Rifle is a home date with Delta today at 4 p.m.

Grand Valley plays host to Grand Junction Central’s junior varsity team today at 4 p.m.

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