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Rifle rolls past Steamboat in league doubleheader

Rifle senior Bryer Rew rounds third base following his home run in the second game of a doubleheader against Steamboat at Cooper Field in Rifle Saturday. (DARCY COPELAND)
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Hosting the Steamboat Springs Sailors Saturday, the Rifle Bears baseball team rolled to two big wins at Cooper Field, topping the Sailors 10-0 in the first game before winning the second game by a score of 15-0.

Rifle scored four runs in the third, one run in the fourth and five runs in the fifth to pick up the 10-0 win.

The Bears racked up 11 hits in the first game as senior Drake Montgomery led the way with three hits and five runs batted in, while sophomore Eddie Medina added three hits and one RBI for Rifle. Senior Blaine Vance and junior Connor Gould added two hits each for the Bears as Vance drove in two runs.

Out of Montgomery’s three hits, two went for triples, while one of Gould’s hits went for a double. As a team, Rifle stole seven bases in the first game.

On the mound for Rifle, senior Gabe Marbas picked up the complete-game win, allowing just three hits to the Sailors while striking out seven hitters.

In the second game, Montgomery picked up another three hits for the Bears, while senior Bryer Rew and Marbas added two hits each as Rifle totaled 11 hits for the second straight game.

Montgomery added a double and a triple, while Gould hit a double for the second straight game. But it was Rew who stole the show for Rifle, hitting a home run, driving in three total runs.

Adding to his big day at the plate, Montgomery pitched three innings, striking out five hitters, while Vance finished off the final two innings, striking out two hitters.

With the sweep of the Sailors, Rifle improves to 11-5, 7-2 4A Western Slope League on the year. The Bears will travel to Eagle Valley Saturday for a league doubleheader.


On the road for a 3A Western Slope League matchup with the Aspen Skiers, the Coal Ridge Titans picked up a 10-4 win.

The Titans were able to bounce back in a big way following Thursday’s nonleague loss on the road to Glenwood Springs.

Coal Ridge scored eight runs in the fifth inning and two runs in the seventh inning to cap off the win.

As a team, the Titans racked up nine hits, led by Jake Whitaker’s two hits, while freshman Ryan Kotz led the way with three RBIs.

With the win, Coal Ridge improves to 4-8, 3-2 3A WSL on the year.


Taking on the Cedaredge Bruins Saturday at Ron Patch Field in Carbondale, the Roaring Forks Rams mustered just two hits in an 8-0 loss to the Bruins in 3A Western Slope League play.

Cedaredge starter Jacob Lewis picked up the complete-game win, allowing just the two hits while striking out six batters and walking just three Rams.

With the loss, Roaring Fork falls to 5-8, 2-3 3A WSL on the year. The Rams will travel to Moffat County Tuesday for a league game.

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