Key games dot prep sports slate |

Key games dot prep sports slate

The battle to secure post-season playoff spots in prep girls soccer and baseball gets more intense today as area teams begin the regular season’s home stretch.

At 4 p.m. today, Class 4A rivals Glenwood Springs and Rifle square off at Glenwood’s Stubler Memorial Field. The starting time is a late change from the original schedule.

The new slate has the school’s two varsity teams clash in the afternoon. The junior varsity game is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.

In an earlier game played in Rifle April 8, the Bears and Demons fought to a 0-0 overtime tie.

Rifle (6-2-1) currently holds a two-game lead on Glenwood (3-4-1) in the race for third place in the 4A Western Slope League standings behind Steamboat Springs and Battle Mountain.

Only the top three teams from the WSL advance to next month’s state playoffs.

Also scheduled for a 4 p.m. start today, Colorado Rocky Mountain School (0-7-0) will try to earn its first win of the year at Aspen (2-3-0).

At 6 p.m. in Carbondale, Roaring Fork (4-1-0) takes on the undefeated and Class 3A, WSL-leading Basalt Longhorns (6-0-0) in a duel between first- and second-place teams.

On the baseball diamond, four area schools face league opponents. Two of those contests will pit local teams against current league leaders.

Locally, Roaring Fork (5-4 WSL), fresh off a double-header sweep of Basalt on Saturday, takes on Cedaredge at home. Upvalley, the 0-7 Longhorns take on Hotchkiss, a team unbeaten in league play that fashioned an 8-0 record prior to today’s 4 p.m. contest.

Meanwhile, at Delta Middle School, Glenwood will try to spoil the host Delta Panthers’ attempt at clinching the 4A WSL championship.

One girls tennis match completes Tuesday’s prep docket. At 4 p.m. Glenwood Springs will exchange shots and volleys against Aspen on the Skiers courts.

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