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Huskies pitching too much for Rifle

RIFLE – The Rifle Bears got off to a tough start in their 2004 softball season Friday afternoon, but compared to the same game last season, the 9-2 loss to Douglas County doesn’t look too bad.”These guys beat us 17-0 last year,” said Rifle head coach Troy Phillips, who pointed out his squad played a clean game defensively with no errors.Offensively the Bears struggled against the Douglas County pitching, however.Class 4A Rifle only managed one hit against Class 5A Huskies, but Phillips was encouraged by the Bears’ ability to put the ball in play. He also believes seeing high-level pitching will help in the long run.”It’s good to see a pitcher that’s that good,” he said. “It will make the player better in the end.”Megan McWilliams accounted for the Bears’ hit, which also drove in Sarah Brusig and Amber Massey for Rifle’s two runs in the seventh inning.Douglas County got off to a quick start, touching Rifle starting pitcher Trisha Wailes for six runs.Freshman Alissa Skinner relieved Wailes in the second inning and got out of a jam to throw four shutout innings before being relieved by senior Natasha Wilcox.Rifle’s next action comes Friday at the Peach Fuzz Tournament at Kronkright Field in Grand Junction. The Bears open the two-day tournament against Grand Junction at 3 p.m.Rifle’s next action comes Friday at the Peach Fuzz Tournament at Kronkright Field in Grand Junction. The Bears open the two-day tournament against Grand Junction at 3 p.m.


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