Prep roundup: Freshman sets pace for GSHS; Basalt blasts Rifle in softball opener
COLORADO SPRINGS — Glenwood Springs High School freshman Claudia Hirons beat out teammate and senior Madi Spence for the best overall time for the Demons’ girls cross country team, helping them finish fourth in the Class 4A girls meet at the season-opening Cheyenne Mountain Stampede meet on Thursday.
Hirons finished 16th in 24 minutes, 25.1 seconds, to beat the 17th-place time of Spence (24:36.2). Ava Berrier of Pueblo West finished first in the girls race in 21:54.0.
Glenwood finished with a team score of 131, falling behind first-place Cheyenne Mountain (23), Fort Morgan (107) and Pueblo Centennial (126).
Also finishing among her team’s top five finishers was Samantha Wright (36th in 26:21.9), Hannah Nilsson (38th, 26:24.2) and Shay Helm (44th, 26:41.5).
“This is kind of a weird year because the first meet of the season was moved up by a full week,” Glenwood cross country coach Mike Schneider said. “So really, we’ve only gotten eight days of practice in. Still, everyone ran well considering.”
On the boys side, the 32nd-place finish for sophomore Phillip Hecksel was the best time for the Demons on their way to a fifth-place finish in the team standings.
Hecksel crossed the finish line of the 5K course on the west side of Colorado Springs in 21:08.3, with teammate Jacob Barsness (34th, 21:08.8) just a half-second behind. Alex Cutright (38th, 21:17.1) and Ian Richardson (39th, 21:26.3) were close behind among the Glenwood team members.
Ashton Grissom of Valor Christian won the race in 17:22.40. Valor Christian also won the team title with a score of 47, with Fort Morgan (55), Falcon (62), Skyline (191) and Glenwood Springs (195) following.
Glenwood doesn’t have its next meet until Sept. 2 when the Demons go to Rifle.
Basalt 18, Rifle 6, 6 innings
BASALT — Cassidy Young finished 2-for-4 batting with double, a home run and six RBIs for the Basalt High School softball team, leading the Class 3A Longhorns to an 18-6 season-opening victory over the Class 4A Rifle Bears on Thursday afternoon.
Bailey Strobel, Carly Schimp and Kate Schrock each scored three runs for Basalt, which reached the Class 3A state tournament a year ago. The Longhorns drew 23 walks in their 48 plate appearances, with Strobel and Schimp walking five times.
The game was called in the bottom of the sixth inning due to the 10-run mercy rule. Rifle (0-1) fought back with three runs in the top of the second inning after falling behind 7-0 in the first, but the Longhorns scored in every inning to keep their distance.
Basalt’s roster also includes players from Glenwood Springs and Roaring Fork high schools.
Rifle will begin Class 4A Western Slope League play on Tuesday at home against Delta. Basalt, which opened the season with a 15-1 win over Eagle Valley on Tuesday, plays a doubleheader at Class 4A Green Mountain of Lakewood on Saturday.
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