Prep roundup: Rams fall but show many improvements; Glenwood upsets 8th-ranked Palisade
CARBONDALE — Roaring Fork High School’s baseball team wishes the season could keep going a little longer, which won’t happen after the Rams were swept by Moffat County, 5-4 and 12-2, in a season-ending Class 3A Western Slope League doubleheader on Saturday.
Regardless, Roaring Fork coach Marty Madsen said the improvements that his team has made over the course of the season has been dramatic.
“We played error-free baseball in that first game,” Madsen said. “Our guys are finally starting to develop and grow. I just wish we had some more time for that growth to continue.”
Moffat County needed eight innings to win the first game, scratching across a run in the top on the final frame to win it. In the second game, the Bulldogs took advantage of five Roaring Fork errors on their way to a five-inning, mercy rule win.
Heyden Bernot finished 2-for-2 bating, including a two-run home run in the fourth inning of the opener. In the second game, Bernot and Raul Layva each stole two bases.
The the wins, coupled with a pair of Coal Ridge losses to Gunnison, Moffat County jumped ahead of the Titans in the league standings into third place. That’ll give the Bulldogs a better draw than Coal Ridge when the state-playoff bracket is announced today.
Roaring Fork finished the season 2-17 and 2-12 in league play.
Glenwood Springs steals season finale from Palisade
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Ian Scruton hit a two-run, two-out single in the bottom of the sixth inning to drive in the tying and go-ahead runs for the Demons (6-13 overall, 4-10 4A WSL) who capped the season with a victory over the seventh-ranked Bulldogs and earn a doubleheader split at the Glenwood Springs Middle School baseball field.
Chase Nieslanik pitched a complete game for the Demons, including a scoreless seventh inning against the powerful lineup of league-champion Palisade ((15-3, 13-1 league). Kiefer Brocker added a solo home run for Glenwood in the victory.
“They’re a solid club from top to bottom,” said Glenwood coach Erin Nieslanik, whose team fell in the opener, 17-5, in five innings. “But, man. What a neat thing for the seniors to get that last game.”
Rifle falls in DH against Eagle Valley
GYPSUM — The Bears finished the season with a 9-10 overall record (5-9 4A Western Slope League) following season-ending losses of 7-6 and 11-7 against the Devils.
In the opener, Morgan Robinson finished 2-for-4 batting with a home run and three RBIs, with Alex Gould chipping in a solo shot of his own. In the second game, Layton Stutsman’s two-run double in the fourth inning gave the Bears a 7-4 lead before the Devils (12-6, 9-5) rallied to score five unanswered runs.
Ivan Quezada finished 2-for-2 batting with a double for Rifle.
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In an eerily quiet Chavez-Spencer Gymnasium, the masked Glenwood Springs Demons hosted the Basalt Longhorns Tuesday to kick off the Covid-shortened 2021 high school basketball season.