Prep roundup: Sam Medina slips past Alyx Carter at Rifle Creek; Basalt’s 7th-inning rally tops Roaring Fork
RIFLE — Alyx Carter fell just short of winning medalist honors at the Rifle Invitational girls golf tournament on Tuesday, falling in a one-hole playoff to Grand Junction Central’s Sam Medina at Rifle Creek Golf Course.
Medina and Carter each finished the day with a first-place score of 86 on the par-72 course. Medina managed to make par on the 323-yard first hole, while Carter was just behind with a bogey.
Carter mad a big push at the end to tie the score, going from a score of 46 on the front nine to a back-nine 39 to force the playoff. Finishing third in the tournament was Melissa Steinbach of Coal Ridge, who finished six strokes off the leaders with a 92. She tied with Moffat County’s Caitlin Hrjes, who also had a 92.
Finishing in fifth was Kylie Fleming of Glenwood Springs, who carded a 95. No other golfer broke 100 during the tournament, which was played in stiff winds and snow flurries for much of the morning.
Eagle Valley claimed the team championship with a score of 312, followed by Glenwood (321) and Rifle (324).
Basalt 7, Roaring Fork 6
BASALT — Cody Hoffman’s bases-loaded double in the bottom of the seventh inning capped a four-run frame for the Longhorns (11-4, 9-4 3A Western Slope League play) in their come-from-behind victory over the Rams (4-13, 4-10).
Roaring Fork, which went into the seventh inning with a 6-3 lead, got a complete-game effort from pitcher Nate Nieslanik. He also finished 2-for-2 batting with a pair of doubles. Alex Fisher scored a pair of runs, and Jake Kelly drove home a pair of runs on a fifth-inning fielder’s choice for Roaring Fork.
“This was the best game that we’ve played all season,” Roaring Fork coach Marty Madsen said. “Even though we came out on the short end, it was a fun game to be a part of. Our guys have nothing to hang their heads about.”
The Rams finish their season Saturday with a doubleheader at Moffat County in Craig.
Coal Ridge 9, Grand Valley 2
PEACH VALLEY — Cristian Corona had a triple and an RBI and Jerome Pizzelli had a pair of hits and four stolen bases for the Titans (9-8, 8-6 league), who won their sixth straight and jumped into a tie for fourth place in the 3A WSL standings.
Patrick Steinbach hit a double at the plate and allowed no walks and three hits in 5 1/3 innings of relief on the mound against Grand Valley (3-14, 3-13).
Coal Ridge finishes the regular season Saturday with a doubleheader at Gunnison.
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The Glenwood Springs-Rifle sports rivalry goes way back for GSHS baseball coach and former Demons multi-sport student-athlete Eric Nieslanik.