Preps roundup: Rifle softball drops tough one to league-leading Palisade, 11-0, after big win over Eagle Valley |

Preps roundup: Rifle softball drops tough one to league-leading Palisade, 11-0, after big win over Eagle Valley

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The Palisade Bulldogs started fast and finished strong to maintain the 4A Western Slope League lead Tuesday in an 11-0 softball win over visiting Rifle, as high school sports action in this limited fall season kicks into gear.

Rifle entered the game on a high note, having won its fourth game in a row, 16-3 over Eagle Valley last Saturday. But the Bears’ bats went into hibernation Tuesday, putting Palisade in the driver’s seat for the league title.

Rifle had just four hits on the afternoon, including a 2-for-3 day for freshman Emma Speakman, who had a double and a stolen base.

Meanwhile, Palisade got out of the box early, taking a 5-0 lead after two innings and continuing to pile it on, while the Bulldogs’ pitching and defense foiled any of Rifle’s scoring opportunities. The Bears fall to 8-4 on the season and 1-2 in the league with the loss.

In the Saturday win, Rifle senior Abigail Bonuales went 4-for-4 with three runs and two RBI’s to lead the Bears softball team to a 16-3 league win over Eagle Valley.

Down 2-1 going into the third inning, the Bears opened it up with four runs before putting the hammer down with an 11-run fourth inning to end it on the mercy rule.

In addition to Bonuales’ stellar day, sophomore Jacqueline Bustillos had two hits, two runs and two RBI’s, and senior Logan Cox had two hits and 3 RBI’s. Freshman Blayke Hostettler pitched a complete game with one walk and two earned runs. She also had two hits and a walk offensively with an RBI.

In other recent action, Rifle swept the Basalt Longhorns in a non-league double-header at home on Sept. 3, 11-1 and 14-11, and shut out Aspen 24-0 on the road Sept. 5.

Cross country results

Competing at the Grand Junction Tiger Invitational on Saturday, the Glenwood Springs duo of sophomore Sophia Connerton-Nevin and junior Ella Johnson finished second and third, respectively, with times of 18:33.50 and 18:41.

The Glenwood boys, meanwhile, co-hosted the Demon Longhorn JV meet at Crown Mountain Park on Saturday.

Glenwood junior Quinn MacPherson was the overall winner with a time of 17:40. Rifle senior Jonathan Hernandez was third in 19:02. Other area notables included Grand Valley senior Keenan Strauss (sixth, 19:34); Glenwood senior William Berkheimer (eighth, 19:53), and Rifle junior Patrick Whitt (ninth, 19:54).

Rifle senior Karisa Coombs was the overall girls winner with a time of 22:02, and Glenwood senior Matilda Barth was second in 22:26. Other notables for the girls included Glenwood sophomore Ruby Patch (fourth, 23:06), Rifle junior Audrey Abbott (fifth, 23:44), and Glenwood freshman Sydney Schriock (seventh, 23:48).

Coal Ridge sent a split squad to the JV installment of the Tiger Invite on Friday and the Meeker XC 2nd on Saturday.

At Grand Junction, for the boys, Titans sophomore Ezra Williams was third in 19:09.80, and junior Will Para was sixth with a time of 19:34. And, for the girls, sophomore Gwynn Apostolik was second with a time of 23:42.50, and sophomore Marilynn Stephens was 11th in 25:09.

At Meeker, Coal Ridge swept the top two spots among the girls, with sophomore Mikayla Cheney winning in 21:40.70, and junior Araceli Ayala coming in at 22:59.80. Among the boys, sophomore Tyler Parker was sixth in 19:39.

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