Prep Sports Roundup: Bears beat up on Skiers in baseball twin bill
On a Saturday blessed with virtually perfect baseball weather, Rifle played nearly perfect baseball.
The Bears opened the 2012 season with a flourish, sweeping a doubleheader from visiting Aspen by scores of 11-1 and 11-0.
Under sunny skies, the Bears busted out to a six-run lead after an inning in the opener. That lead was never threatened in a five-inning, mercy rule-shortened affair.
Danny Bartels and Mitch Ray combined on a one-hitter. Bartels pitched the first three innings, striking out eight Skiers along the way.
At the plate, Nate Schilt had a double and two RBIs. Triston Quigley also doubled.
Tanner Quick singled, walked twice and drove in a run and Hunter Finger singled, scored two runs and drove in a pair of runs.
Finger took the mound in the second game, tossing a five-inning no-hitter. He struck out eight.
Quigley collected a pair of hits and three RBIs offensively. Ray had a single and a double and Bartels doubled and drove in a run.
All in all, it was a fine start to 2012 for the Bears.
“Especially our pitchers,” Rifle coach Troy Phillips said. “I thought they really attacked the strike zone extremely well. That’s something we preach a lot and we’ve worked on it all offseason.”
The Bears return to their home diamond Tuesday for a 4 p.m. game against Garfield School District Re-2 mate Coal Ridge.
Durango bested host Glenwood Springs, 6-1, in girls tennis on Saturday.
Glenwood’s lone win came at No. 2 doubles, where Tessa Ebert and Sadie Dickinson defeated Emma Hagen and Anna Wright, 6-2, 6-4.
In singles action, Glenwood’s Sarai Zilm lost to Durango’s Eva-Lou Edwards at No. 1 (6-0, 6-0), Brandi Vinger lost to Erin Neale at No. 2 (6-2, 6-4) and Tess Libby lost to Sierra Lillard at No. 3 (6-1, 6-0).
On the doubles side, Glenwood’s Elise Metzger and Claire Wolcott were downed by Claire Ochsner and Gina Gates at No. 1 (6-2, 6-0) and Bronte Gilman and Erin Fangman lost to Alexandra Hickey and Brenna Kauher (6-4, 7-6) at No. 3. At No. 4, Kenia Farias and Flora Fischbacher lost to Skaye Moreno and Nikki Naylor (6-4, 7-6).
In the day’s lone junior varsity match, Glenwood’s Hannah Nilsson and Emily Royal lost.
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