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Rifle’s Hesselberg headed to CNCC

Post Independent staff report
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
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RIFLE, Colorado – Chris Hesselberg of Rifle High School signed a national letter of intent to play baseball at Colorado Northwestern Community College on Monday.

Hesselberg is currently a pitcher, first baseman and catcher for the Bears. Through his first 11 games of the season, Hesselberg is hitting .516 from the leadoff position, with 16 runs, 16 hits, 11 walks and six stolen bases. He owns an on-base percentage of .659 and slugging percentage of .774.

As a pitcher he is 3-1 with a 4.67 earned-run average. He also has 26 strikeouts in 30 innings pitched and has walked just 12 batters all season.



According to CNCC coach Thomas Cassera, Hesselberg will get the chance to play in “one of the top five Division I NJCAA conferences in the nation” when he comes to the Spartans program next year.

Rifle coach Troy Phillips said Hesselberg’s signing “will be a great inspiration to other players in the program.”



“Chris has really come on as a player the past two seasons,” Phillips commented. “He’s been hitting the ball well lately and his last [few] outings on the mound have been excellent. I’m happy for him and his opportunity to continue his career at the collegiate level.

“His signing will inspire some of our other players to want to work to move on to play college ball.”


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