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Rifle Bears perfect at Peach Fuzz Tournament

Phil SandovalGrand Junction CorrespondentGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Photo courtesy Buddybairdigitaleventsonline.comGrand Junction High Schools Paula Lage slides into third base as Rifles Kelsey Pyle prepares to apply the tag during the Bears 9-8 win in Saturdays Peach Fuzz Tournament game at the Kronkright Complex in Grand Junction.
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GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado – In Rifle’s case, practice does make perfect.Cindy Skinner said that was the difference in the Bears softball team’s play from two weeks ago, during a series of scrimmages held at the Kronkright Complex, to this weekend’s performances in the annual Peach Fuzz Tournament.”We worked a lot on things. The girls are working with us. They’re doing the things they need to do, and it’s paying off,” the veteran head coach said.After going a perfect 3-0, who’s going to argue?

Rifle punctuated two days of solid play with a 17-3 drubbing of Durango. Likewise, it was the third tournament victory for Bears’ ace pitcher Alisha Rodebaugh.In four innings of work before turning the ball over to Shawnee Young to finish up, the Meeker High sophomore (who plays for Rifle) held Durango to one run in four innings with six strikeouts.Rodebaugh was just as potent with the bat, with three hits in five plate appearances.Rifle served notice by taking a 4-0 lead in the first inning. Rodebaugh, Courtney Cordova, Samantha Young and Ciara Euler all had RBIs in the frame.

After adding two runs in the fourth, the Bears exploded in the final two innings.In the sixth, the entire lineup batted in another four-run outburst. Rifle bettered that the next inning, sending 12 hitters up in a seven-run rally.The stunner came earlier on Saturday when Rifle pinned a 9-8 loss on Class 5A Grand Junction. After falling behind 5-3 in the third, the Bears overtook the Tigers with five runs in the fourth. They added another two in the fifth.On Friday, Rifle defeated Montezuma-Cortez, 9-2, posting a three-run first inning that was followed by rallies of two and four runs in the sixth and seventh.


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