Prep roundup: Titans hold off Roaring Fork rally
CARBONDALE — Roaring Fork High School’s baseball team gave everything it could to get back in its game with Coal Ridge on Tuesday. The Titans didn’t have anything left by the end of the game — literally.
Coal Ridge still prevailed, however, pulling away from the Rams for an 18-13 Class 3A Western Slope League victory to keep the Titans within reach of the Class 3A state playoffs.
Coal Ridge improved to 4-8 overall and 4-6 in league play with the victory, moving into fifth place in the WSL standings. That makes Saturday’s home doubleheader against sixth-place Moffat County (5-10, 4-8) that much more important, as the top five in the WSL go to the 3A state playoffs.
Greyson Keener finished 4-for-4 batting with a pair of doubles and five RBIs, and Jake Larsen came off the bench to go 3-for-4 with four RBIs. Coal Ridge, which had two starters pulled off the team bus prior to the game for skipping class, broke a 10-10 tie in the fifth with a five-run frame.
The Titans brought 11 players to the game and two left with injuries by the third inning, leaving Coal Ridge with only nine available players, coach Dan Larsen said.
Alex Fisher went 3-for-4 with three RBIs — including a three-run homer in the third inning — and finished just a single away from hitting for the cycle. Tanner Nieslanik went 2-for-4, Beck Fisher scored four runs and Hayden Bernot added a 3-for-4 outing.
Roaring Fork continues WSL play on Saturday with a home doubleheader against Aspen.
Grand Valley 6, Vail Mountain 0
PARACHUTE — Lauren Paskett netted a hat trick for the Cardinals — the third member of the team to score three or more goals in a game this season — to help Grand Valley (10-2-0 overall, 6-1-0 Class 3A Western Slope League) extend its school-record winning streak to nine games.
Paskett scored in the 40th, 53rd and 56th minutes, with Randi Sheridan netting her third assist on Paskett’s third goal. Kyra Chenoweth added a pair of goals and an assist and Ashlynn Speakman also scored a goal — her 27th of the season.
Paskett joined Chenoweth and Speakman as Grand Valley players who have notched three-goal games.
“That really says a lot,” Grand Valley coach Scott Gregory said. “It shots that any one of the girls we put up front has the ability to finish strong at the net.”
Grand Valley continues league play at home Friday vs. Rangely.
Coal Ridge 6, Aspen 2
ASPEN — Amanda Wenzel scored three unanswered goals for the Titans (13-0-0, 8-0-0) and helped them remain unbeaten by rallying from an early 2-1 deficit against the Skiers (4-5-1, 3-3-0).
Wenzel’s goal in the 34th minute gave Coal Ridge the lead for good at 3-2, and Paige Ryan, Aileen Galaviz-Vega and Sarah Sollinger also scored goals. Logan McNamee and Erin Spence scored goals for Aspen to give the Skiers the early lead.
Roaring Fork at Moffat County, ppd.
CRAIG — Roaring Fork’s game at Moffat County has been postponed due to poor field conditions on the Bulldogs’ soccer field. The game has tentatively been rescheduled for Monday, April 28.
Vail Mountain 5, Roaring Fork 2
VAIL — Roaring Fork’s girls tennis team got victories at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles during its dual loss at Vail Mountain School.
Yaritza Zarte and Brianda Perea rallied from an early deficit for a 7-6, 6-0 victory, coming back from a 4-1 deficit in the first set. At No. 2 doubles, Ariel Murphy and Stephanie Vega prevailed over Kiley Martinez and Emma Cerovien in straight sets, 6-2, 7-6.
Sasha Horn of Vail Mountain needed a third-set tiebreaker to beat Leelah Ahumada of Roaring Fork at No. 2 singles, with Horn winning 4-6, 6-1, 10-8.
The Rams will play their final regular-season dual match of the season when they host Delta on Friday.
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