Prep Sports Roundup: Bears beat up on Skiers in baseball twin bill |

Prep Sports Roundup: Bears beat up on Skiers in baseball twin bill

Jeff Caspersen Post IndependentRifle freshman Layton Stutsman bats during Saturday's doubleheader against Aspen. The Bears swept the Skiers by counts of 11-1 and 11-0.

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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