PREP ROUNDUP: Coal Ridge baseball splits with Basalt in wild doubleheader; Dawson Kuhl’s Grand Slam leads Roaring Fork baseball over Olathe
The Coal Ridge Titans baseball team has been hot as of late. That continued Saturday on the road at the Basalt Longhorns in a doubleheader, splitting the day with a 9-7 win in the first game, which was a 3A Western Slope League battle, before then dropping a non-league 18-16 decision in an offensive explosion.
In the Game One win, Coal Ridge took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning before adding three runs in the top of the fourth to make it 4-0. Basalt battled back with three runs in the bottom of the fourth before the Titans added three runs in the sixth and two runs in the seventh to take a 9-3 lead before holding on for a 9-7 win after Basalt plated four in the final inning of play.
Offensively in the first game, sophomore Colton Westphal led the way with four hits and three runs batted in. Junior Kevin Cordasco added three hits and two runs batted in, while junior Jared Lund added a single and two RBIs. Senior Oscar Salazar, junior Ryan Kotz, junior Lane Stecklien, and sophomore Jackson Wade added one hit each. Kotz and Wade added one RBI each.
On the mound in Game One, Stecklien worked six innings, allowing three earned runs while striking out seven and walking five. Lund came in for the save, allowing four runs (one earned), striking out two.
The second game was a shootout for both offenses.
Coal Ridge nearly battled back from an 18-9 deficit entering the seventh inning, plating seven runs before being retired for the loss.
Kotz led the Titans with three hits and four RBIs in the loss, while Westphal added four RBIs as well. Stecklien drove in three for the Titans.
The doubleheader see the Titans improve to 8-9 (3-2 in 3A WSL) on the season. Coal Ridge hosts Olathe Tuesday at 4 p.m. in another 3A WSL tilt.
Coal Ridge 1, Delta 0
Traveling to Delta Saturday morning for a pivotal 3A Western Slope League matchup with the Delta Panthers, the Coal Ridge Titans girls soccer team picked up a thrilling 1-0 win as senior Adriana Vargas scored the game-winning goal with 8 minutes left.
Vargas and senior Alyssa Wenzel found themselves on a 2-on-1 late in the game against a Delta defender. Wenzel found Vargas with a pass and the senior forward dribbled the ball past the goalkeeper and fired the shot into a wide-open net to cap off the win.
By defeating the Panthers Saturday, Coal Ridge improves to 7-6-1 (4-2 in 3A WSL) on the year. The Titans host Grand Valley Tuesday in the New Castle in the season finale.
Roaring Fork 11, Olathe 10
On the road Saturday at Olathe, the Roaring Fork Rams baseball team picked up a huge 11-10 win over the host Pirates, thanks to a grand slam from senior Dawson Kuhl in the top of the seventh inning that ended up being the game-winning hit.
Following his grand slam that made it 10-9 before the Rams added another run, Kuhl came on in the bottom of the seventh inning to close out the win.
Against the Pirates, senior Layne Crisp singled, tripled, and drove in a run, while Kuhl drove in six runs, hitting a two-run doubled in the fourth to go with his grand slam.
Junior Kyle Baird, freshman David Good, senior Kelvin Requeno, and freshman Henry Richardson singled in the win.
Roaring Fork improves to 4-10 (3-2 in 3A WSL) on the season. The Rams host Grand Valley Tuesday at Ron Patch Memorial Field in Carbondale for a 3A WSL doubleheader.
Eagle Valley 11, Rifle 3, Game One
Eagle Valley 14, Rifle 13, Game Two
Taking on the Eagle Valley Devils Saturday in a 4A Western Slope League doubleheader, the Rifle Bears baseball team dropped a tough doubleheader sweep, dropping by games by scores of 11-3 and 14-13.
In Game One, senior Randy Starks doubled and scored a run, while junior Derek Wagler singled, scored a run and drove in a run in the loss. Junior Holden Stutsman singled twice for the Bears.
Game Two was a bit better for the Bears offensively as junior Levi Warfel singled, scored a run, and stole two bases. Wagler hit his school record eighth triple of the season, drove in two runs and score two runs of his own as well.
Senior Eddie Medina tripled and scored two runs, while freshman Charlie Hisel singled twice, drove in two runs and scored a run of his own.
Stutsman singled, walked twice and scored two runs, while freshman Hayden Wells drove in two runs with two bases-loaded walks in the loss.
Rifle falls to 10-7 (4-5 in 4A WSL) on the season. The Bears host Hotchkiss Tuesday at 4 p.m. at Cooper Field.
TRACK AND FIELD
*Editor’s note: The Glenwood Springs Demons and Rifle Bears competed at the Montrose Invitational Saturday in Montrose. While the meet was over late in the afternoon, no official results were posted online. Therefore, the Post Independent cannot report individual and team results at the time of press.
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