Rifle draws matchup with Montezuma-Cortez in Saturday’s softball playoff
RIFLE, Colorado – The Rifle Bears, a young team that was supposed to be in a rebuilding year, won their fourth consecutive 4A Western Slope League softball title on Tuesday and on Sunday night learned their playoff seeding.The Bears (15-4) will take on Montezuma-Cortez (8-11) on Saturday at 10 a.m. at Canyon View in Grand Junction. Their draw in Region 2 of the bracket will pit them against the winner of Castle View (16-3) and Delta (10-9), should they advance. That game would be played directly after the 10 a.m. games, at 12:30 p.m. The team that outlasts the other three will earn a berth to the state tournament.”Montezuma-Cortez is a good draw for us. We have played them and were able to do well against them,” asserted Rifle head coach Cindy Skinner. “I don’t take anything for granted, so we’re going to go out there and do our best.” Rifle graduated several leaders off of last year’s playoff squad. Understandably the expectations dipped for what would be a much more inexperienced squad. Someone forgot to tell the Bears about that, though.Since game one, Rifle has played fundamentally sound softball and done nothing but win games. And being so young, the team doesn’t believe they’ve played their best ball yet.”We’ll continue to work on our offense, but really focusing on our defense and taking care of anything on the field that presents itself to us,” Skinner added when asked what her team will focus on in Saturday’s game.Aside from Castle View, the Bears have played each of the teams in their bracket. Meaning they should be comfortable against Cortez, and if Delta were to advance, their recent win when they met last week would give them a lot of confidence.”It would be great opportunity if we can get the girls to the state playoffs,” revealed Skinner. “They are young enough that we can then build on that. It’s been a goal of ours to get to that level more than once with the same team.”
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