Rifle downs Palisade, Basalt wins
RIFLE ” Adam Krick’s two-run single in the fourth inning pushed the Bears to a 4-2 Western Slope League win over Palisade at Cooper Field on Tuesday.
The victory, Rifle’s fourth straight in as many games, upped the Bears to 3-2 in the WSL and 6-4 overall and gives them a half-game lead over third place Steamboat Springs.
Brandon Leuallen opened the Bear fourth with a single, then scored the game’s first run when Palisade walked the next three batters in a row. Rifle’s Matt Jones raised the lead to 2-0 on a successful squeeze bunt, scoring Kip Jessup.
Then Krick belted his only hit in the game for the four-run lead.
Rifle starting pitcher Shane Fazzi went the entire seven innings, allowing two hits in recording his fourth victory in five outings this season.
Leuallen paced the Bear offense with two hits in three at bats. Bryce Enewold had a double in the contest.
Rifle faces Battle Mountain on Thursday at home, then finishes this week’s play with a WSL home doubleheader with Steamboat Springs on Saturday.
GRAND JUNCTION ” Ashley Eaton scored a hat trick and goalkeeper Autumn Caughern posted a shutout and had four saves in Basalt’s 3-0 nonleague win over Grand Junction Central on Tuesday.
Eaton, a senior, scored her first goal with 12 minutes left in the first half, then added two more goals in the second half, at the 36th and 78th minute marks.
In other girls soccer games involving area teams, Aspen defeated Colorado Rocky Mountain School, 1-0 and Glenwood Springs fell 2-1 to Moffat County in a Class 4A Western Slope League contest in Craig.
No other information on the CRMS-Aspen and Glenwood-Moffat County games were available at press time.
Four of the five area girls soccer teams will see action on Thursday.
At 3:30 p.m., Roaring Fork will be at cross-town CRMS. Basalt hosts Aspen at 4 p.m. Also at 4 p.m. Glenwood faces Delta County at Cedaredge High School.
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Down 14-7 with less than 11 minutes left in regulation, Rifle head coach Todd Casebier decided it was time to deviate from his ground-and-pound offense for a bit of an aerial attack.