Rifle splits doubleheader with Moffat County
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RIFLE, Colorado – Rifle split a baseball doubleheader with visiting Moffat County on Saturday, posting a 15-5 win in the opener and a 10-9 defeat in the nightcap.
Michael Cash pitched the Bears to victory in the first game, piecing together a four-inning outing. He also pitched in at the plate, walking three times and scoring three runs in a game that, with the mercy rule going into effect, went just six innings.
Matt Barrett went 3-for-5 with a double, a run and four RBIs. Nate Schilt (2-for-3, two steals, two runs) and Luke Buss (2-for-3, double, two runs, RBI) also chipped in offensively as the Bears racked up 15 hits in their first game of 2010.
Dylon Camilletti’s walk-off single in the seventh inning lifted Moffat County to triumph in the day’s second game.
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Cash led Rifle by going 3-for-3 with a double, triple, two runs and three RBIs. Cody Chick went 2-for-2 with three runs and an RBI.
Considering his players hadn’t practiced much outdoors prior to Saturday’s season-opening twin bill, Rifle coach Troy Phillips welcomed the split.
“The guys did pretty well, considering,” he said. “I thought they hit the ball extremely well in that first game. We had 15 hits and only made one error. I was pleased with the defense. The second game, we had a few errors that cost us early.”
Next up for Rifle is a Wednesday trip to D’Evelyn.
EDWARDS, Colorado – Practicing an outdoor sport in a gymnasium isn’t the best way to prepare for a season.
The Glenwood Springs lacrosse team became well initiated with that fact on Saturday, dropping a 10-2 decision at Battle Mountain in the season opener for both teams.
Jake Bair and Cole Kloster scored Glenwood’s goals.
“It was definitely kind of a wake-up call,” Demons coach Greg Schroeder said. “That’s the best way to describe it. … We’ve been in a gymnasium, since we have snow on our field. It’s definitely tough to teach a full-field game when practicing in the gym.”
Glenwood will try to work its game back into shape Wednesday at Aspen.
ASPEN, Colorado – It’ll go down as a 1-0 defeat in the score book, but neither Roaring Fork girls soccer coach John Ackerman nor his players were disappointed with Saturday’s season opener in Aspen.
“It was a really good game,” said Ackerman, in his first season as the Rams’ girls coach. He’s been the school’s boys coach the past three seasons. “The girls played really well together. We’re not disappointed in any way.”
The Skiers, now 1-1, got a goal with less than 20 minutes left to pull out the win.
“It was an unfortunate touch,” Ackerman said. “It was pretty much kind of delivered right to the Aspen attack.”
Freshman Taylor Adams contributed mightily on defense for Roaring Fork, which had virtually no time to practice outdoors in the weeks leading up to the season.
Next up for the Rams is a Tuesday trip to Vail Mountain.
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Vail Mountain scored a 6-1 girls tennis win against host Roaring Fork in Glenwood Springs on Saturday.
Joey Clingan was the only Ram to pick up a win, topping Sarah Cochran in straight sets (6-0, 6-2).
Next up for Roaring Fork is a Tuesday meet in Aspen.
RIFLE, Colorado – Taking advantage of a sunny and relatively warm Saturday, the Rifle and Glenwood Springs track and field teams gathered for a scrimmage at Bears Field.
Rifle’s boys and Glenwood’s girls each won on a day where results weren’t the chief focus.
“It was good to have two rivals on the track, figuring things out,” Bears coach Jerry Shafer said. “We don’t have the advantage of having an invitational today like teams on the Front Range. The kids just go out and run. It was good for them.”
On deck for both local teams is next Saturday’s Delta Invitational.
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