Rifle softball off to 3-2 start; Glenwood XC strong in opening meet
Rifle High School softball opened the season strong over the weekend in the team’s bid for a return to the 4A state tournament, before dropping a double-header to Montezuma-Cortez this week.
Meeting in the middle at Delta on Tuesday, the Lady Bears fell 17-7 and 15-3 to the MC Panthers to go to 3-2 on the young season.
For the day, sophomore Jacqueline Bustillos had two hits and three RBIs with a run scored. RBIs also came from (one each) sophomore Reagan Rippy, junior Kayla Stark, freshman Emma Speakman, sophomore Myia Valencia, senior Logan Cox and junior Emma Poole.
On Saturday, playing in Rifle, the Bears took both games of a doubleheader against Montrose by scores of 14-2 and 17-13.
Poole had four hits and five RBIs on the day; Valencia had five hits, two walks, eight runs scored and four RBIs; Speakman had three hits, including a triple, and five runs scored; sophomore Hailey Worton had two hits and three RBIs; and Stark had a single, a double and five RBIs.
In game one, freshman Blayke Hostettler pitched a complete game four-hitter with only one walk and three strikeouts
In the first game of the season on Aug. 21, also playing at home, the Bears defeated Meeker 18-6 in four innings.
Rifle hosts Fruita Monument at 11 a.m. Saturday, and is at home again Tuesday versus Palisade at 6 p.m.
Demons XC competes in Grand Junction
The Glenwood Springs boys and girls cross country teams opened the season Saturday, Aug. 22 at the Warrior Matchett Park meet in Grand Junction.
The girls were paced by junior Ella Johnson, who placed third overall with a time of 17 minutes, 48 seconds. Not far back was sophomore Sophia Connerton-Nevin, taking fourth in 18:03. The Glenwood girls placed second as a team behind Fruita Monument, with top-20 showings by senior Maya Elias (14th, 21:49) and junior Alexa Helms (16th, 22:08).
For the boys, junior Reid Swanson was the top runner, placing ninth overall in 17:04.50. Junior Quinn MacPherson placed 17th in 17:48.
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