Rifle improves to 4-0 after sweeping doubleheader vs. Olathe
Class 3A baseball is treating Rifle’s baseball team well so far.
The Bears, playing in the 3A ranks this season after a long run as a 4A program, swept a doubleheader in Olathe on Saturday to improve to 4-0 on the young season.
Danny Bartels pitched a complete-game six-hitter to lift Rifle to an 8-5 win in the opener. He also did damage at the plate, going 3 for 5 with two runs scored.
Cody Chick went 2 for 4 with a triple and an RBI. Hunter Finger doubled, drove in a run and stole two bases while going 2 for 4 and Triston Quigley singled and had an RBI.
Quigley also started a pair of double plays from the shortstop position.
Rifle broke a 3-all tie with two runs in the fifth and three more in the sixth inning.
Finger and Quigley combined on a five-hitter on the mound in the Bears’ 9-4 nightcap win.
Chick was 4 for 5 with two doubles, three RBIs and two stolen bases. Quigley tripled and drove in a pair of runs and Tyler Wilson was 2 for 2 with two doubles, a walk, a hit-by-pitch, an RBI and two runs.
Tanner Quick was 1 for 1 with three walks. Jacob Withee was 1 for 3 with a run scored.
Quigley, Bartels and Nate Schilt all combined on three more double plays turned to make five for the doubleheader.
Entering the third inning in a 1-0 hole, Rifle rallied for two runs in the third, a run in the fourth and three in the fifth to pull away.
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