Prep roundup: Bears’ big inning too much for Coal Ridge; Glenwood sweeps in girls tennis |

Prep roundup: Bears’ big inning too much for Coal Ridge; Glenwood sweeps in girls tennis

Coal Ridge's Nathan Nelson slides into home base on Tuesday night's game in New Castle.
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PEACH VALLEY — Layton Stutsman finished 3-for-4 batting with two RBIs and Wyatt Carter drove in five runs, and Rifle High School’s baseball team used a 10-run fourth inning to break Tuesday’s nonleague game against Coal Ridge open en route to a 17-2, five-inning victory.

Stutsman almost hit for the cycle, finishing with a single, double and triple, and Carter finished 2-for-3 with a triple and those five RBIs for Rife (1-0). Bryer Rew added a triple with three runs scored, and Ty Leyba added a 2-for-3, two-run performance.

Morgan Robinson earned the pitching victory, striking out four in his 2 1/3-inning start. Rifle had three pitchers during the game, who combined to limit the Titans (1-2 overall) to just four singles.

Rifle broke the game open with a 10-run third inning after the score between the Bears and Titans was knotted at 1-1 after two. The game ended after five innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.

Rifle will begin Class 4A Western Slope League play on Saturday when the Bears host Steamboat Springs at newly renovated Cooper Field. The Titans will begin Class 3A Western Slope League play on Saturday when they host Basalt.

Hotchkiss 13, Roaring Fork 3, 5 innings

HOTCHKISS — Drew Broadhurst and John Jensen each had RBI singles in a three-run fourth inning for the Rams (0-1 overall), who lost to one of Class 2A’s top baseball teams by the 10-run mercy rule.

Roaring Fork coach Marty Madsen was pleased with the performance of his young team, which included three freshmen in its starting lineup. Hotchkiss pounded out 12 hits and drew eight walks off of Roaring Fork pitching.

Roaring Fork will begin Class 3A WSL play on Saturday when it plays a doubleheader at Olathe.


Glenwood Springs 7, Grand Junction 0

GRAND JUNCTION — The Demons posted straight-set victories in six of its seven matches during their victory at Grand Junction High School on Tuesday.

Both of Glenwood’s top singles players improved to 2-0: Sophia Nelson beat Jada Mulford 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 singles, and Ivy Wight beat Emily Starrit 6-1, 6-0. Kelly Tran beat Ashley Mendez, 6-1, 6-1, at No. 3 singles.

Coming from behind to win was Glenwood’s No. 4 doubles team of Linda Ramirez and Nina Ally, who beat Madison Hadley and Vanessa Wilson 6-7 (3-7), 6-2, 15-13.

The Demons’ Nos. 1, 2 and 3 doubles teams each won in straight sets.

Glenwood plays again Thursday against Aspen and Vail Mountain in Aspen.


Aspen 4, Roaring Fork 2

CARBONDALE — Aspen High’s girls soccer team jumped to a big lead early and didn’t look back against Roaring Fork, scoring two quick goals against the Rams (0-1-0) in the season opener for both teams.

Valerie Loertscher scored in the second half off an assist from Emily Fisher. Roaring Fork’s other goal came off an own goal by Aspen.

“It truly looked like the first game of the season for both teams,” Roaring Fork coach Heather Fox said. “The second game between us will look a lot different for both teams.”

The Rams continue nonleague play when they host Colorado Rocky Mountain School on Thursday.

CRMS 6, Rifle 1

CARBONDALE — Sadie Suarez scored a second-half goal off an assist from Jessica Bracomentes in the second half for the Bears, who weren’t able to recover after falling behind 5-0 in the first half.

Laci Sjogren finished with a match-high 17 saves in goal for the Bears, who played even with the Pearls (1-0-0) in the second half.

The Bears (0-1-0) will begin 3A WSL play Saturday when they host Roaring Fork.

Palisade 6, Glenwood Springs 1

PALISADE — Glenwood Springs High School’s girls soccer team fell to 0-3-0 overall — 0-2-0 in Class 4A WSL play — following their 6-1 road loss to Palisade. No other information was available at press time.

The Demons will try to pick up their first win when they continue league play on Saturday with a league game at Eagle Valley in Gypsum.

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