Roaring Fork knocked out in first round |

Roaring Fork knocked out in first round

Post Independent staff report
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Steven Vetter I-70 Scout

EATON, Colorado – All signs pointed to a victory. And then Mother Nature intervened.

Up 4-2 against Bennett in the fifth inning of Saturday’s 3A baseball state playoff opener, Roaring Fork had momentum on its side. The Rams had just pieced together a four-run inning and Alex Rascon was pitching well.

But then a hail storm hit Eaton, where the district-round game was played, and brought with it a three-hour delay.

That delay killed whatever momentum Roaring Fork had built up.

Bennett, seeded 16th in the 32-team 3A bracket, went on to score three runs in the bottom of the fifth en route to a 5-4 victory, ending the Rams’ season.

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“We had a lot of momentum going,” Roaring Fork coach Tim Nieslanik said, “and then we kind of got shut down.”

Trenton Reeds and Rascon had RBI singles for the 17th-seeded Rams, who finished up the season with a 13-7 record and made their first postseason appearance since 2006.

Rascon pitched the distance.

Bennett (16-2) moved on to face District 1 host Eaton later in the day. At stake was a trip to next weekend’s eight-team state tournament.

Rifle will have to wait to get the 4A baseball playoffs started.

The Bears’ Saturday game at Wheat Ridge was pushed back to Monday at due to inclement weather.

Rifle, 9-10 and seeded 30th in the 32-team bracket, will battle the No. 3 Farmers (15-4) at 10 a.m. The winner will remain in Wheat Ridge to play either No. 14 Skyline (13-6) or No. 19 Lewis-Palmer (12-7) later in the day.

GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado – Glenwood Springs boys swimming and diving team competed at Saturday’s Southwest League Championships, held at Mesa State College in Grand Junction.

Michael Zimet recorded the top finish for the Demons, taking fifth in the 200-yard freestyle (2:01.5) and sixth in the 500 freestyle (5:39.51).

Geoffrey Moore took seventh in the 100 breaststroke (1:10.13).

Competing in Junction were Montrose, Durango, Moffat County, Gunnison and Grand Junction.

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