Rifle baseball knocks off Bulldogs, 7-5
PALISADE – The Rifle Bears baseball team got a lead early and held on for a 7-5 victory over Palisade in Class 4A Western Slope League action here Thursday.
Rifle (5-1 WSL, 10-3 overall) led 6-1 after three innings, but the Bulldogs tallied four runs in the fifth inning to cut the lead to 6-5. It was all the offense Palisade could muster, however, as the Bears scored the game’s final run in the top of the sixth inning.
Jason Enewold earned the win with a complete-game pitching performance that included seven strikeouts.
Offensively, Nick Babler paced the Bears with a 2-for-4 effort and three runs scored. Owen Madison and Adam Krick were both 3-for-4 and Eli Snead posted a 2-for-3 day.
Rifle travels to Steamboat Springs Saturday for a doubleheader against the Sailors.
Rifle 204 0001 0-7 9 0
Palisade 010 040 0-5 10 3
Jason Enewold and Scott Van Slyke. Goletz and Dalessandri.
RIFLE – Nick Babler 2-4 (3B), Owen Madison 3-4, Enewold 0-4, Van Slyke 0-4, Kip Jessup 1-1, Shane Fazzi 0-4, Adam Krick 2-4, Chappie Cook 0-3, Eli Snead 2-3.
PALISADE – Not available.
RFHS 4-11, Hotchkiss 3-14
HOTCHKISS – The Roaring Fork Rams baseball team split a doubleheader against Hotchkiss here, winning the first game 4-3 and falling 14-11 in the second contest.
Jake Boyle paced the Rams in the opener, allowing just three hits and striking out 10 in the complete-game outing.
The Rams led 4-0, powered by a two-run homer from Quinn Garvik, headed into the bottom of the seventh inning. Hotchkiss made a game of it with two homers and three runs in the bottom of the frame, but Boyle held on for the win.
In the second game, Max Green and Boyle each had home runs, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a six-run second inning by Hotchkiss.
Dan Markoya was saddled with the loss for the Rams (6-2 WSL, 7-3 overall).
Ben Wright and Markoya both had solid days offensively, going 3-for-3 from the plate.
Roaring Fork 200 002 0-4 7 3
Hotchkiss 000 000 3-3 3 1
Jake Boyle and Quinn Garvik. Hotchkiss not available.
ROARING FORK – Max Green 1-2, Dan Markoya 0-4, Taylor Arbaney 1-1, Jake Boyle 2-2, Garvik 1-2 (HR), Ben Wright 1-3, Jake Bowman 0-3, Misael Fernandez 0-2, Chad Minor 1-3, Matt Pucak 0-3.
HOTCHKISS – Not available.
Roaring Fork 333 010 1-11 15 1
Hotchkiss 361 130 x-14 16 7
Markoya, Fernandez (5), Bowman (6) and Garvik. N/A.
ROARING FORK – Green 2-3 (2B, HR), Minor 0-2, Markoya 3-3 (2B), Boyle 1-1 (HR), Garvik 0-5, Ben Wright 3-3, Quint 0-3, Bowman 1-4, Cheney 1-4, Fernandez 0-2.
HOTCHKISS – Not available.
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