Indian’s Lopez shuts down Rifle |

Indian’s Lopez shuts down Rifle

RIFLE ” No matter how much spin is put on it, a 12-1 loss is always hard to swallow.

But Rifle (1-2) can take comfort that Montrose’s shellacking of the host Bears, in a game halted in the fifth inning by the 10-run rule, is a nonleague game and doesn’t count so far as playoff aspirations are concerned.

Montrose pitcher Miguel Lopez baffled the Bears hitters throughout the shortened contested except for a fourth-inning hiccup when Rifle posted its lone run of the game.

Lopez didn’t have many strikeouts ” the senior only rang up three K’s on the day, but he did limit Rifle to four scattered singles.

Outside of Bear junior Adam Krick, who knocked out three hits in three at bats, the game was all Montrose.

The Southwestern League Indians, who took a two-game losing streak into Tuesday’s game, seemingly took out all their frustrations on Rifle.

Montrose battered Krick, the Bears’ starting pitcher, for seven runs in three innings of work.

The Indians promptly carved out a 3-0 lead in the first inning, then effectively put the game in the cooler at the end of the third after scoring twice in both the second and third innings.

Eli Snead converted a fourth-inning walk into Rifle’s only run.

Montrose sent both teams home when it scored five times in the fifth to push the game to the mercy-rule ending.

The Bears have one more nonleague game ” on Thursday afternoon at home with Alameda ” before starting WSL play with a Saturday doubleheader against Delta.

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