Bears split set against Elizabeth
RIFLE ” The offense of Rifle High School’s baseball team looks to be in midseason form after the team opening doubleheader Saturday against Elizabeth, but some of the Bears’ pitchers had a hard time containing Cardinals at the plate.
Rifle earned a split with Elizabeth, dropping the first game 19-10 and winning the second game by a 13-8 margin.
Rifle’s Shane Fazzi had a solid day both at the plate and on the mound. Fazzi went 3-for-4 with a double and two stolen bases in the first game and also earned the pitching win in the second contest.
In the first game Adam Krick pitched for four innings before leaving with a 9-3 lead.
Rifle’s relievers didn’t fare as well.
Brandon Leuallen gave up eight runs in 2-3 of an inning as Elizabeth racked up nine runs in the fifth inning to take a 12-9 advantage.
Elizabeth kept rolling in the sixth against Leuallen’s replacement, Eli Snead, notching five runs.
“We just had some pitchers that I brought in during the first game that struggled,” Rifle head coach Troy Phillips said. “It was their first varsity experience as pitchers and they’ve got some things to work on to get better.
“We’ve still got a lot of work to do with the pitchers, but the hitting was better than I expected it to be and the defense is something that’s going to be good for us all year,” he added.
Along with Fazzi, Kip Jessup was strong offensively in the losing effort, going 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Uriel Quezada was also 2-for-4 with a pair of RBIs.
In the second game Fazzi pitched six 1-3 innings for the win, allowing eight runs on nine hits with four strikeouts.
Elizabeth again had a big inning with six runs in the fourth to take a 6-3 lead, but the Bears answered with four runs in the bottom of the frame and six of their own in the fifth inning.
Leadoff hitter Adam Krick was 2-for-2 with two RBIs, a triple and four stolen bases. Quezada was 2-4 with four RBIs and a triple.
Matt Jones closed out the win on the mound with the last two outs.
The Bears are off this week for spring break and get back to action on Tuesday, March 23, when they host Montrose.
The Rifle Bears’ girls soccer team dropped to 0-2 after a 10-0 loss to the Southwestern League’s Montezuma-Cortez. The Bears’ Friday game against Montrose was postponed.
Rifle’s next game is scheduled for Thursday, March 25, when the Bears host Delta County.
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