Prep Sports Roundup
Coal Ridge boys soccer coach Brian Blair has employed a number of motivational tactics in attempts to fire up his Titans.
On Thursday, the silent treatment worked.
Erupting for eight goals in the second half, Coal Ridge cruised to an 8-0 win at Grand Valley.
“We didn’t really play that focused in the first half,” Blair said. “We missed a lot of opportunities. I kind of gave them the silent treatment at halftime and they played really well in the second half.”
Really well might be an understatement.
The Titans scored three times in the first five minutes and never relented.
Edgar Enriquez, Enrique Bucio and Jorge Hernandez scored two goals apiece to pace Coal Ridge, now 4-3 overall. Luis Bucio and Jose Rodriguez chipped in with a goal apiece.
“I was happy with holding Coal Ridge to zero goals in the first half,” Cardinals coach Eric Sarno said. “We absolutely collapsed. It has been the story of this season. We have moments of quality soccer, but we just manage to play ourselves out of games.”
Sam Carpenter scored a pair of goals and Enrique Abarca and Ben Carpenter each added a goal as Roaring Fork’s boys soccer team defeated visiting Hotchkiss, 4-1, on Thursday.
Abarca added a pair of assists and Eric Carrilo finished with a helper as the Rams improved to 3-3 overall.
Marco Gutierrez and Geo Munoz scored goals, but Rifle’s boys soccer team lost to Palisade, 3-2, on Thursday.
The game was held at Colorado Mesa University’s Walker Field.
“We played extremely well,” Rifle coach Rich Carter said, “especially in the second half.”
Scoring five runs in the top of the ninth inning, Basalt surged to a 17-15 softball win at Rifle on Thursday.
The Longhorns scored two runs in the top of the seventh inning to tie the game and force extra innings with the score tied at 12.
After Basalt’s big ninth-inning outburst, the Bears rallied for three runs in the bottom of the inning to make it interesting.
Offense ruled the 3A Western Slope League affair. Rifle scored in every inning but the fourth and eighth. Basalt put runs on the board in every inning except the sixth, seventh and eighth.
Emma Speer went 4 for 5 with two home runs and seven RBIs for the Bears. She also played solid defense at shortstop, collecting five putouts, five assists and no errors.
Brittany Neuroth went 2 for 6 with two RBIs and reached base twice via errors. Norisa Navratil was 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored. Cheyenne Roark went 2 for 6 with two RBIs and Allie Ehlers scored four times in the game.
Cassidy Blackard had a double, scored three runs and reached base on errors twice.
Megan Gianinetti swatted 13 kills and her twin sister, Hattie, finished with 11 as Roaring Fork’s volleyball team scored a 21-25, 25-19, 25-23, 25-15 win over visiting Aspen on Thursday.
Taylor Adams finished with 35 assists and Josie Horn had three aces as the Rams improved to 7-1 overall.
On defense, Hattie Gianinetti racked up 22 digs and Megan Gianinetti had 19. Madison Handy chipped in with 16 digs.
Coal Ridge’s volleyball team swept past host Rifle on Thursday, 25-9, 25-11, 27-25.
Carly Bare led Rifle with six kills. Heather Maynard swatted four.
Maynard led the way on defense for the Bears (0-7) with 13 digs.
Coal Ridge improved to 4-4 overall with the win.
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