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Bears’ momentum stalls in league opener against Delta

RIFLE ” The Rifle High School baseball team started its weekend off well on Friday with a nonleague victory over Alameda, but couldn’t carry the momentum into its Class 4A Western Slope League opening doubleheader against Delta on Saturday.

The Bears downed Alameda 5-4 in 11 innings, but suffered a doubleheader sweep at the hands of Delta, 6-1 and 12-1, on Saturday.

Against Alameda, Rifle’s Brandon Leuallen pitched the entire 11 innings, giving up just two earned runs in the contest.

Offensively, Eli Snead and Uriel Quezada led the charge. Snead went 3-for-4, while Quezada was 3-for-5 with an RBI.

The Bears trailed 4-1 before notching three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to knot the game a 4-all.

The production wasn’t as solid on Saturday.

In the first half of the doubleheader, Rifle saw a good effort by pitcher Shane Fazzi, but couldn’t get its offense in gear.

The Bears took a 1-0 lead in the first inning. It was, however, the final run of the game for Rifle. The Bears managed only two hits in the game, one each by Snead and Leuallen.

Fazzi gave up six runs in six innings of work, but only two were earned. Matt Jones pitched a perfect seventh frame.

Rifle’s problems on offense continued in the second game as Delta (3-0 WSL) kept rolling. The Panthers jumped out to a 9-0 lead in the first inning and Bryce Enewold was the only Bear to notch a hit in the mercy-rule shortened contest.

Rifle (0-2 WSL, 2-4 overall) travels to Palisade Tuesday for another league contest.

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