Prep Roundup: Bears come up big against Devils
GYPSUM — Things seem to be coming together for the Rifle High School baseball team.
Teig Hauer and Danny Bartels each threw solid complete games on the mound, and the Bears also got some timely hitting en route to their 3-1 and 4-1 victories and a Class 4A Western Slope League doubleheader sweep of Eagle Valley.
Bartels and Triston Quigley each homered in the first game for the Bears (9-6 overall, 5-5 league play), who won their third consecutive game after losing three straight. The wins also helped them gain ground in the league standings on Eagle Valley (7-7, 6-3), which lost its third consecutive game.
In the opener, a 3-1 Rifle win, Bartels (3-2) allowed no earned runs, three hits and three walks with 14 strikeouts, just one off the season high of 15 he had against Steamboat Springs on March 25. He also went 2-for-3 at the plate, and catcher Wyatt Robinson added an RBI single for the Bears.
In the second game, Hauer (1-1) struck out four and scattered six hits with four strikeouts. Bailey Hoffmeister finished 2-for-3 at the plate, and Angel Diaz had a double and two RBIs.
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Rifle continues league play Wednesday afternoon at Glenwood Springs.
Rams break out bats in DH sweep of Aspen
EL JEBEL — Every Roaring Fork player penciled into the starting lineup for the Rams reached base on Saturday, setting the tone for Roaring Fork’s Class 3A Western Slope League doubleheader sweep of Aspen on Saturday.
The Rams won the opener 10-6, then followed with a 26-11 victory in the second game.
“We kind of had an offensive explosion today,” Roaring Fork coach Marty Madsen said. “It was fun to watch.”
Johnny Nieslanik’s three-run home run in the second inning of the opener set the tone. Nieslanik, along with his cousin, Tanner Nieslanik, finished 2-for-4 at the plate, to which Sam Morse added a 2-for-3 outing. Alec Larson went the distance on the mound, striking out six and allowing three earned runs.
Tanner Nieslanik and Morse really broke out the bats in the second game, each going 4-for-5 with five RBIs and four runs scored. Johnny Nieslanik went 3-for-4 and scored four times, and Oscar Olivas chipped in a 3-for-3 outing at the plate.
The Rams (5-11, 5-8 league), who have won three straight, continue league play with a game at fifth-ranked Basalt on Tuesday.
Coal Ridge splits twin bill with Moffat County
CRAIG — Hunter Hasenberg had a banner day at the plate in the first game of Coal Ridge’s doubleheader split with Moffat County.
Hasenberg went 3-for-4 with six RBIs, including a second-inning grand slam and a two-run shot later on during the Titans’ 23-18 victory. Richard Winkler went 3-for-5, and Caleb Maynard added a 2-for-3 outing with three RBIs and a pair of walks.
In the second game, Greyson Keener, Richard Winkler and Patrick Steinbach each had hits during a 13-2 Moffat County victory, which went five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.
“We’re definitely getting better, and I think we turned a corner in that first game,” Coal Ridge coach Danny Petrie said. “I’m real excited about our future.”
Coal Ridge is on the field again Tuesday at Grand Valley.
Titans roll to girls soccer win over Vail Christian
VAIL — Sarah Sullinger, Kelsey Fauser and Jenny Call each scored twice for the Coal Ridge Titans, who had little trouble with Vail Christian in their 11-0 Class 3A Western Slope League victory.
Becca Mitchell, Molly Mello, Aileen Galaviz, Paige Ryan and Dalany Lightfoot each added goals for Coal Ridge (13-1-0 overall, 8-0-0 league), which clinched no less than a share of the league championship with the victory. The Titans can win the title outright with a victory at Roaring Fork on Tuesday.
“We just want to keep moving forward at this point,” Coal Ridge coach Micah Herron said.
Demons slip past Vail Christian in girls tennis
VAIL — Three of the four doubles teams on the Glenwood Springs girls tennis team earned victories, helping the Demons to a 4-3 dual match win at Vail Christian.
Sadie Dickinson, 6-3, 6-2 win over Thea Knobel at No. 3 singles was the only singles win of the day for Glenwood. Claire Wolcott fell 6-1, 6-2 to Courtney Thomas at No. 2 singles, and Sarai Zilm’s overall record dropped to 12-1 with her first loss, a 6-2, 3-6, 10-8 setback against Camilla Trapness at No. 1 singles.
Glenwood’s No. 1 through 3 doubles teams earned straight-set victories. Tessa Ebert and Elise Metzger won 6-4, 6-2, at No. 1 doubles, Morley Perrin and Ivy Wright earned a 6-1, 6-3 victory at No. 2 doubles, and winning 7-5, 6-4 at No. 3 doubles was Bronte Gilman and Hannah Nilsson. The Demons’ No. 4 team of Kenia Farias and Lindsay Hoffman lost 6-2, 6-2.
The Demons are off until Wednesday when they play at the two-day Class 4A Region 8 Tournament in Grand Junction.
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The teams aren’t vying to one up the other in the rankings or looking to get a leg up in the league standings this fall, but that will hardly make the stakes any less meaningful for Basalt and Glenwood Springs high schools when they meet on the football field Friday night.