Prep roundup: Bears’ bats too much for Cardinals to handle
PARACHUTE — Alex Gould finished 4-for-5 batting with four RBIs and Dalton Bournholdt hit a triple and a solo home run, and Rifle High School’s baseball team jumped on top of Grand Valley in the first inning on its way to a 25-3 nonleague victory.
Gabe Marbas added a 2-for-4 performance with a double and three RBIs for the Bears (4-1 overall), who have won four consecutive games since their opening-day loss to Thomas Jefferson on March 8. Bournholdt’s solo shot came in the second inning, and Rifle sent 20 batters to the plate during a 15-run first inning.
“It was nice that when we saw some decent pitches to hit, we hit them right on the nose,” Rifle coach Troy Phillips said. “That will be a big key for us when we see some tougher pitching on Saturday.”
Grand Valley (0-3), which lost its first two games of the season 19-3 and 16-0 against Olathe last Saturday, will play a 3A Western Slope League game at Basalt on Thursday. Rifle continues 4A WSL play Saturday when it hosts a doubleheader against Delta.
Hotchkiss 12, Roaring Fork 0, 5 innings
CARBONDALE — Alex Fisher had a single and T Conrad hit a double to account for Roaring Fork’s hits against Hotchkiss, which pounded out 12 hits against the Rams on its way to a nonleague victory.
The Rams also drew five walks against the traditionally strong Bulldogs, who jumped on top, 7-0, and built on their lead from there.
“We’re seeing a lot of good baseball teams at the beginning of the season,” Roaring Fork coach Marty Madsen said. “The great thing is that the kids aren’t getting down, and now they know where they want to be.”
The Rams continue 3A WSL play on Saturday with a doubleheader at Olathe.
Coal Ridge 6, Aspen 0
PEACH VALLEY — Paige Ryan scored three goals to become the second Coal Ridge player to record a hat trick in two days, and the Titans earned a nonleague win over Aspen.
Mariella Martinez added a pair of goals and Aileen Galavez-Vega also scored for Coal Ridge (4-0-0, 1-0-0 league), which got assists from Amanda Wenzel and Courtney Reece. Wenzel, who will play soccer at Colorado Mesa in Grand Junction next fall, scored three goals in the Titans’ 8-0 win over Vail Mountain on Monday.
“We have some really unselfish players who are stepping up right now,” Coal Ridge coach Micah Herron said. “That’s just the kind of thing we need.”
The Titans play again Thursday at Basalt.
Grand Valley vs. Moffat County ppd.
PARACHUTE — A six-inch base of packed powder on the soccer field at Moffat County High School prompted the rescheduling of Tuesday’s girls soccer game between the Cardinals and Bulldogs. Grand Valley plays next in a nonleague match at Grand Junction Central on Thursday.
Battle Mountain 18,
Glenwood Springs 2
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Wyatt Dilling scored four goals and three other Battle Mountain players notched hat tricks for the Huskies in their victory over the Demons.
Glenwood plays again on Thursday at Aspen.
Carter, Steinbach fare well at Fruita tournament
GRAND JUNCTION — Alyx Carter of Rifle finished in a ninth-place tie individually and Melissa Steinbach finished in a four-way tie or 11th place individually to highlight performances of Garfield County athletes at the Wildcat Invitational played at Adobe Creek Golf Course on Monday.
Carter tied with Fruita Monument’s Megan Volkman for ninth place with an 88, and Steinbach finished just one stroke behind with an 89.
As a team, Glenwood Springs was tops among area squads, finishing ninth with a score of 304. Montrose’s Red Team won the tournament with a 243 and Dolores sophomore Kiselya Plewe won medalist honors with a 5-under 67.
Glenwood’s Melissa Thrun barely missed out on the top 20 with a 96, with Kylie Fleming and Audrey Jones each carding a 104. Other local results included Rifle’s Emily Neuroth (109), Grand Valley’s Misty Bowen (101) and Coal Ridge’s Bailey Davis (119).
Rifle finished 12th as a team with a score of 325. Coal Ridge finished 15th in the 18-team field with a score of 337, and Grand Valley was right behind in 16th with a 359.
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