Bears come back for sweep over Sailors
RIFLE ” The Rifle Bears rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to beat Steamboat Springs 9-8 in the early game and kept the momentum for a 10-4 victory in the second half of a Class 4A Western Slope League baseball doubleheader Saturday.
In the first game, Rifle trailed throughout until the final frame.
With two outs and runners on first and second base, Matt Jones singled in the tying run and Adam Krick plated the winning score with a single to right field.
“Both those guys just had excellent hitting days for us,” Rifle head coach Troy Phillips said.
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Jones, batting ninth, was 3-for-3 in the first game and 2-for-4 in the second game, but, aided by a couple errors, reached base every at-bat. He also had five stolen bases during the day.
Krick was 2-for-3 in the first game and 3-for-5 in the second contest.
The Bears dug themselves a hole in the first game, falling behind 7-5 after the second inning.
“We had a few errors right away and gave up (some) unearned runs and some hits that came after the errors,” Phillips said. “We just weren’t really sharp.”
Rifle trailed 8-6 after five innings and cut the lead to 8-7 with a run in the seventh before the two scores in the final inning.
Shane Fazzi, who pitched 2 2-3 innings after relieving Brandon Leuallen, earned the win. He was also credited with the save in the second game and hasn’t allowed an earned run in over 20 innings.
Rifle never trailed in the second contest, but didn’t put the game out of reach until late.
The Bears led 5-4 after the fourth inning and didn’t pull away until notching two runs in the sixth and three in the seventh for the final.
Hitters one through three ” Krick, Bryce Enewold and Eli Snead ” all had three hits, with Snead tallying three RBIs in each of the two games.
“We had quite a few guys hit the ball well, and the top of the lineup is batting very well,” Phillips said.
Rifle improves to 6-2 in the WSL (9-4 overall). The Bears travel to Moffat County for another league game at 4 p.m. on Tuesday.
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