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BASALT, Colorado ” The Basalt soccer team just keeps on rolling. The Longhorns rolled to 5-0 in the Class 3A Western Slope League with a 6-0 victory over Coal Ridge on Saturday.

Coal Ridge fell to 3-2-2 in the WSL and 7-4-2 overall, while Basalt advanced to 8-1 overall and remains the only undefeated team in league.

The Titans will be back in action to host Rangely at 4 p.m. on Thursday.



DELTA, Colorado ” Patrick Hailey, all too often the victim of a hard-luck pitching loss, finally had the offense backing him up on Saturday, as he picked up a win on the hill, and the Glenwood Springs baseball team split a doubleheader at Delta.

The Demons dropped the opener 11-6 before bouncing back to a 7-5 win in the nightcap.



“Both games were well played,” said Glenwood coach Eric Nieslanik, whose team improved to 6-10 overall and to 4-7 in the 4A Western Slope League. “Pat did a nice job. As far as a coaching standpoint, we’ve come a long way. The bats were great.”

Nieslanik had plenty of reason to smile as his Demons dealt Delta just its third loss of the season. The Panthers are now 9-3 overall and 6-3 in the 4A WSL.

At the plate, Chad Sommers and Mario Gonzalez paced the Glenwood attack.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” The tiny Glenwood Springs boys swim team played host to Delta and Montrose in a tri-meet at the Glenwood Springs Community Center pool on Saturday.

The Demons edged delta 51-27 and lost to Montrose 119-27. Montrose also won its head-to-head with Delta 125-19.

George Keeper represented the home team well, scoring first in the 100-yard freestyle (56.62 seconds) and second in the 50 free (25.2) for Glenwood.

The Demons’ 200 medley relay team of Alex Moore, Luke Johnson, George Keeper and Cole Newton took second (2:11.42).

PARACHUTE, Colorado ” Grand Valley’s baseball team knocked off Glenwood’s junior varsity squad by a count of 13-5 on Friday.

Next up for the Cardinals, now 6-2 on the season, is a Wednesday doubleheader with visiting Meeker. The first game starts at 3 p.m. The teams were supposed to play last Tuesday, but high wind cut off play in the first inning.

BASALT, Colorado ” After a slow start, Jonathan Roessler settled down to throw five scoreless innings as Coal Ridge beat Basalt 10-6 in the back end of a doubleheader split with the Longhorns on Saturday.

Roessler’s solid outing came on the heels of a heartbreaking 8-7 loss in the day’s opener.

A big fourth inning got the job done for the Titans.

Coincidentally, one error was the difference in the second game, too. A 6-4-3 Basalt double play cleared the bases with two outs in the top of fourth, but Coal Ridge answered with two straight singles, then Connor Rakowski walked leadoff hitter Zack Lyon to load the bases. Josh Alsop then popped up to the right side; Rakowski immediately called off first baseman Scott Trantow as he drifted toward the first baseline.

The ball bounced off Rakowski’s glove, allowing the tying and go-ahead runs to score.

Darren Matthews made the Longhorns pay with a two-run single to right to give the Titans a 9-6 lead. Matthews was 3-for-4 with two doubles and four RBIs.

The win was a big one for the Titans.

“We’ve lost a lot of one-run games, and when you lose a tight one it’s something that takes the wind out of your sails,” Coal Ridge coach Luke LaBaw said. “It’s all about how you respond to things that don’t go your way. … Jonathan stayed with his game even when he wasn’t getting the calls. He really settled in. I think he was throwing harder at the end than at the beginning. He found more confidence.”

Due to a miscalculation by the computer at the Rifle Invitational Track Meet on Friday, the final team results were added up incorrectly and therefore erroneous in Saturday’s Post Independent. In the boys meet, Battle Mountain was the meet champion with 129.5 points, edging previously announced winner Glenwood Springs by 10 points. Rifle finished third with 98.5 points, Roaring Fork and Grand Valley tied for ninth with 24 points and Coal Ridge placed 11th with 19.

The correct totals did not affect the places of the previously-announced girls teams, only their point totals. Glenwood Springs won the girls division with 151 points, Rifle took sixth at 45, Grand Valley tied for eighth with Battle Mountain with 40 points and Coal Ridge took 11th with 26.


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