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Bears roar into baseball semifinals

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The Rifle Bears are movin’ on and movin’ up.

The Rifle High School baseball team advanced to the semifinals of the 4A District Tournament Tuesday by shutting down Steamboat Springs 5-0.

Danny Fedirko pitched a three-hit shutout with only one walk as the Bears, playing at home, earned the right to host the District semifinals and finals on Friday and Saturday.

Jesse Holgate drove in two runs with a double. Owen Madison added an RBI-double while Josh May and Taylor Arbaney contributed run-scoring singles for Rifle.

The Bears scored twice in the third and three times in the fourth.

Rifle won its 11th consecutive game and improved to 16-3 overall. The Bears blitzed through the 4A Western Slope League regular season 11-1.

Now they head into the tournament semifinals at 2 p.m. on Friday – at Cooper Field in Rifle.

Steamboat Springs finished the season 2-17.

The Bears will play at 2 p.m. Friday at Cooper Field in Rifle against Palisade. The Bulldogs dispatched Montezuma Cortez 14-0 Tuesday in five innings.

The other tournament semifinal on Friday will be played at 4:30 p.m. at Cooper Field. That game will feature Montrose against Delta.

Delta eliminated Moffat County Tuesday in a slowpitch softball-like score of 22-21.

On Saturday, the 4A District Tournament championship will be played at 10:30 a.m. at Cooper Field in Rifle.

The Montrose-Delta winner will take on the Rifle-Palisade winner for the tournament championship.

The top two teams from the tournament will advance to the 4A Regionals on May 10-11.


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