Glenwood girls blank Titans
The opportunities kept on coming. It just took a while for Glenwood Springs to cash in.
Kenzie Kuhn snapped a scoreless tie with a second-half goal and Lily McSwain tacked on an insurance tally, lifting the Demons to a 2-0 girls soccer win at Coal Ridge on Saturday.
“We played really well, but we couldn’t hit the net,” Glenwood coach Steve White said. “We had 24 shots on goal the whole game. … We put a lot of balls in the keeper’s hands. We hit the crossbar. We hit the posts a couple times.”
Kuhn, who spent the first half as the Demons’ keeper, finally delivered. Holly Brown, who dropped a pass back to Kuhn after the ball briefly rattled around at the top of the 18-yard box, picked up the assist.
Michaela Mansfield assisted on McSwain’s strike.
After Kuhn kept Coal Ridge scoreless in the first half, Dani Turley kept the Titans off the board in the second half.
Saturday’s showdown between neighboring schools was the season opener for Glenwood. Coal Ridge dropped to 1-1 in defeat.
The Demons host Battle Mountain Tuesday at 6 p.m. The Titans head to Rifle for a 4 p.m. game the same day.
All afternoon, the clutch hits just weren’t coming.
Rifle left the bags full in the first inning and stranded several more as Saturday’s baseball opener against visiting Aspen wore on.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Bears broke finally through – in a big way.
Taking advantage of four hits, five walks (two intentional) and two Aspen errors, Rifle put 10 runs on the board en route to a 10-1 win over the Skiers.
The Bears trailed by a run when Luke Buss’ RBI double tied the game and kicked off the rally.
“That really took the pressure off,” Rifle coach Troy Phillips said. “Things just took off from there.”
Triston Quigley, who put together a 4-for-4 day at the plate, had two singles in the inning. Danny Bartels, the game’s winning pitcher, rapped a two-run double.
Bartels lasted five innings on the mound, surrendering just two hits and striking out four. Hunter Finger turned in two innings of relief work, retiring all six batters he faced. He struck out three.
“Our pitchers really did a great job,” Phillips said.
At the plate, Finger drew four intentional walks. Cody Chick chipped in with a hit and an RBI.
Garfield School District Re-2 mate Coal Ridge is next for Rifle. The Bears and Titans face off Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. in Peach Valley.
Aspen travels to Parachute for a doubleheader against Grand Valley next Saturday.
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Down 14-7 with less than 11 minutes left in regulation, Rifle head coach Todd Casebier decided it was time to deviate from his ground-and-pound offense for a bit of an aerial attack.