Softball Bears bound for state
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Rifle’s softball team came through when it mattered most, holding off Basalt in Saturday’s Class 3A District 5 tournament.
Building an 8-3 lead through four innings and then holding off the Longhorns down the stretch, the Bears secured a trip to this Friday and Saturday’s state tournament at Aurora Sports Park.
Taylor Gore pitched a complete game, scattering 11 hits, one walk and six strikeouts.
Rifle erupted for five runs in the top of the second inning.
Melissa Steinbach led off the frame with an infield single. Cheyenne Roark and Chante Church followed with bunt singles and Steinbach scored on a wild pitch.
Next, Gore and Allie Ehlers drew walks to push across the second run. Cassidy Blackard followed with a long sacrifice fly to left to plate Church. Emma Speer drove in another run with a long sacrifice fly that plated Allie Magee, who was in to run for Gore.
Brittany Neuroth provided the big hit, ripping a triple to left field to bring home the fifth run.
The Bears tacked on three more runs in the fourth.
Ehlers reached on a single to start things off. Blackard walked and then Ehlers scored from second base on a long sacrifice fly to right field by Speer. Blackard scored on a throwing error and Neuroth reached base via an error.
Mary Wright, running for Neuroth, scored Rifle’s final run on Norisa Navratil’s single. An error in the outfield helped get Wright home.
Basalt chipped away with two runs in the second, one in the third and two apiece in the fifth and sixth innings.
The Bears, in their second year of a two-year cycle at the Class 3A level, will be making their second straight 3A state tournament appearance. They’ll take an 11-9 record to Aurora.
Enrique Abarca’s first-half goal was enough to lift Roaring Fork to a 1-0 boys soccer win at Hotchkiss on Saturday.
The win bumped the Rams to 7-5 overall and to 5-1 in the 3A Western Slope League.
Roaring Fork remains in the thick of the league title race. Coal Ridge – which plays at Basalt on Tuesday – and the Rams are both 5-1 in league play. Both are a game behind Basalt, which has yet to lose a league tilt.
Grand Valley’s volleyball team dropped a pair of Saturday matches, losing to both Gunnison and Olathe in three games.
Against Gunnison, Jazmin McFarland’s eight kills paced the Cardinals’ attack. Jordan Steinke and Kristen Schubert finished with five kills apiece.
Against Olathe, McFarland’s 11 kills led the way. Rocio Roman chipped in with six kills and Tarianna Lawrence had 21 digs.
Grand Valley dropped to 4-12 overall and to 4-11 in 3A WSL play with the defeats.
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