Rifle softball lands seven on All-Conference list
After capping off the 2018 season with the most wins for any softball team in school history with 17, the Rifle Bears varsity softball team had seven players receive 4A Western Slope League all-conference honors, according to head coach Troy Phillips.
First-team honors went to seniors Kaitlyn Harris, Kaitlyn Jackson, Shaeley Arneson and Amanda Green, as well as junior Delaney Phillips. Honorable-mention honors went to junior Zoey Loya and sophomore Abigail Bonuales.
In addition to her first-team honors, Harris was selected as the 4A Western Slope League Player of the Year for the second consecutive year, while Jackson was the 4A WSL Pitcher of the Year for the second straight year, finishing a strong run for the Bears in recent years.
Harris set five new school records during the season, recording 38 hits, 14 doubles, 41 runs batted in (11th in the state), 180 putouts, and fielding percentage for a catcher (.990). In addition to those records, she hit .442 on the season with 34 runs scored, five home runs, 17 stolen bases and an .802 slugging percentage. Defensively, she had just one passed ball and two errors all season at catcher.
Jackson added four new school records this year for innings pitched (138.2), wins (17, tied for 3rd in state), strikeouts (169, sixth in state), and six home runs hit on the season, which tied a Rifle school record for a single season. On the mound in her senior season, Jackson finished with a 2.88 ERA (12th in state), while hitting .452 with 32 RBIs, 12 doubles, three triples and a .945 slugging percentage.
Arneson hit .414 on the season with 32 runs, 24 RBIs, nine stolen bases and a .533 on-base percentage. Green finished with a .380 batting average, 33 runs scored, 27 RBIs, and 16 stolen bases. Rounding out the first team selections, Phillips hit .449 with 38 runs scored, 15 RBIs, 40 stolen bases (fifth in the state) and a .573 on-base percentage, according to Phillips’ official team stats.
Loya hit .299 with 16 runs, 13 RBIs and 13 walks. Bonuales hit .315, with 18 runs, 14 RBIs and 14 stolen bases.
Rifle won its first state playoff game in roughly 15 years at the regional tournament when the Bears knocked off Mesa Ridge 11-1 in five innings.
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