Preps roundup: Palisade sweeps Rifle to stay atop 4A league baseball standings; Coal Ridge tops Roaring Fork |

Preps roundup: Palisade sweeps Rifle to stay atop 4A league baseball standings; Coal Ridge tops Roaring Fork

Rifle junior pitcher Gavin Peterson tosses a pitch against a Palisade hitter on Tuesday.
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The Palisade Bulldogs secured their place atop the 4A Western Slope League baseball standings with a double-header sweep at Rifle Tuesday evening, by scores of 9-0 and 15-2.

With no more games left on its schedule, the Bulldogs look to take the regular-season title at 11-1 in league and 14-2 overall, ahead of 7-5 Battle Mountain and Rifle, which now stands at 6-5, 7-8 overall.

Rifle closes out the season at Glenwood Springs (4-5, 4-8 overall) Thursday for a single game, starting at 4 p.m. at the Glenwood Middle School field.

In the opener against Palisade Tuesday, juniors Easton Phillips and Gavin Peterson both went 1-for-2 at the plate, but the Bears weren’t able to produce any runs.

The nightcap started off much the same for the visitors, who opened a 15-0 lead before the Bears were finally able to get a couple of runs across in the bottom of the fifth, before the mercy rule was called.

Freshman Logan Gross (1-for-2) had the lone RBI for Rifle, while Peterson and fellow junior Kade Street also went 1-for-2 for the game.

Rifle junior first baseman Trey Caldwell reaches for a throw to get a Palisade runner out on Tuesday.
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Rifle freshman Logan Gross hustles to first base after making contact with a pitch.
Ray K. Erku / Post Independent

Meanwhile, in 3A WSL action, Coal Ridge defeated Roaring Fork 9-5 on Wednesday, while the Rams also dropped a pair of games Tuesday at home to Gunnison and Olathe.

Against Coal Ridge, the visiting Rams opened a 2-0 lead early, before giving up a run to the Titans in the bottom of the second and four in the bottom of the third. The Rams got two back in the fourth, but the Titans added two each in the fifth and sixth for the win.

The Titans were led by senior Jackson Wade, who went 2-for-4, driving in three runs and scoring four himself, while junior Nolan Simpson went 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs and a run scored. Sophomore Jonathan Bolitho was 1-for-3 with a run and one batted in.

The Rams’ offense was generated by junior Nolan Pierson, who went 1-for-4 with two runs scored and a run batted in. RBIs also came from junior Mason Smith and sophomore Brady Samuelson.

Coal Ridge ends the extended spring season at 6-10 overall and 5-7 in the league, finishing fifth out of seven teams. Roaring Fork concludes at 2-14 overall and 1-11 in league play.

Rams fall to Gunnison, Olathe

Roaring Fork hosted Gunnison and Olathe on Tuesday, dropping both games by scores of 9-6 versus Gunnison and 18-8 to Olathe.

Rams junior Blake Thomas had an RBI in game one, while Pierson went 2-for-3 and Smith was 2-for-4.

Generating the Roaring Fork offense in the second game were juniors Henry Richardson (2-for-3, 2 runs, 2 RBIs) and Smith (1-for-3, 1 run and an RBI), freshman Max Seitel (2-for-3, 1 RBI), Pierson (2-for-4, 2 runs) and sophomore Sebastian Silva (2-for-4, 2 runs).

Girls soccer

Glenwood Springs 6, Summit 0

The Lady Demons scored a shutout win over the visiting Summit Tigers Tuesday in Glenwood Springs to close out the season and take second place in the competitive 4A Western Slope League.

Scoring details were not immediately available. At 6-2-2 overall and in league play, Glenwood is on the outside looking in as the 16-team 4A state playoff brackets are to be announced on Sunday.

Roaring Fork 1, Aspen 0

The Rams of Carbondale took the visiting Aspen Skiers to overtime in 3A WSL girls soccer action Tuesday, scoring in the extra time to earn the 1-0 win.

The Rams (3-3-1 league, 4-4-1 overall) close out the season at home Thursday against Vail Mountain (6-0, 8-0). Game time is 6 p.m. at the Carbondale Middle School field.

Coal Ridge 4, Grand Junction Central 3

The Lady Titans of Coal Ridge scored a nonleague win Tuesday over visiting Grand Junction Central to close out their season. The teams were knotted 2-2 after the first half, before Coal Ridge scored the 2-1 advantage in the second. The Titans finish at 5-5 overall and 3-4 in the 3A WSL.

Look for Thursday late game results in the weekend preps report at, including the baseball finale between Glenwood Springs and Rifle, a girls soccer finale between Roaring Fork and Vail Mountain, and Glenwood Springs boys lacrosse versus Montrose on Thursday and Telluride on Friday.

Senior Reporter/Managing Editor John Stroud can be reached at 970-384-9160 or

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