Prep Sports Roundup: Rifle 2-2 at Berthoud tourney
Rifle’s softball team took two of four at the past weekend’s Berthoud Tournament.
Brittany Neuroth led an 11-hit effort for the Bears in a 13-5 win over Brush on Friday. She went 3 for 4 with a double, a two-run homer and three RBIs.
Mary Wright was 2 for 3 with two runs and three RBIs, Cassidy Blackard 2 for 3 with two RBIs, Samantha Patterson 1 for 2 with two walks and three runs and Cheyenne Roark 1 for 3 with two runs and two RBIs.
In Rifle’s other Friday contest, the Bears lost to Greeley West, 17-2.
Blackard was 2 for 2 with a run, Wright 1 for 2 and Emma Speer 1 for 1 with a run and a stolen base for Rifle.
Greeley West catcher Araceli Gallardo went deep for the second straight game, plating three runs in the process.
The Bears bounced back with a 13-10 win over Skyline on Saturday behind a big outing from Wright, who was 3 for 3 with three RBIs. She had a pair of two-out hits, once apiece in the third and fourth innings.
Speer was 1 for 3 with a two-run shot. She also scored two runs. Roark was 1 for 3 with two runs and two RBIs, Allie Magee 1 for 2 with two runs and Cortnie Blazon had a pinch-hit single to tie the game in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Falling behind 7-2 after two innings, Rifle couldn’t recover in a 7-4 loss to Mead on Saturday.
The usual suspects delivered at the plate for the Bears. Blackard was 1 for 3 with two runs, Speer 1 for 3 with a double and an RBI, Neuroth 1 for 2 with two RBIs, Patterson 1 for 3 with an RBI and Roark 1 for 2 with a walk.
The Bears, now 4-2-1 overall, will hit the road to face Palisade today.
Grand Valley’s softball team couldn’t score a win in three tries at Saturday’s Eagle Valley Tournament.
The Cardinals lost to Fossil Ridge (15-0), Basalt (23-5) and Cedaredge (19-7).
Grand Valley is now 1-5 on the season.
Rifle’s volleyball team rallied back from a sluggish opening game to tie the match at a game apiece, but the Bears couldn’t sustain the momentum in the third and fourth games, losing at Battle Mountain in four on Saturday.
The host Huskies won by game counts of 25-11, 23-25, 25-15, 25-18.
Annie Schmidt and Abby Orgill swatted four kills apiece to pace Rifle, which dropped to 2-4 on the season. Schmidt also had three aces and Orgill finished with 17 digs. Sarah McCutchan had 11 digs.
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