Rifle softball moves to 9-6 on season and 2-2 in West Slope League
Playing on the road Tuesday, the Rifle High School softball team jumped on Delta early, taking a 5-1 lead after the first inning before the home team piled on the runs to win the non-league slugfest 16-10.
Last week, the Bears downed Eagle Valley in a key league game to hang tough at 2-2 in 4A Western Slope League play. The Tuesday loss put the season tally at 9-6.
Against Delta, it was all Rifle early, but the Panthers answered with six runs in the third inning and another two in the fourth, before outscoring the visitors 7-5 in a decisive fifth inning.
Delta had 20 hits on the night to Rifle’s 15. The Bears had a strong offensive performance across the board, with three hits coming from freshman Emma Speakman and two hits, two runs and two RBIs from junior Emma Poole.
Freshman Blayke Hostetler also added two hits, a run and two RBIs; senior Abigail Bonuales had two hits, two runs and an RBI; and sophomore Jacqueline Bustillos put up two runs and one hit with two RBIs.
Rifle 13, Eagle Valley 2
Playing at home on Sept. 22, Rifle had steady scoring with three runs in the first, one in the second and six in the fourth to best league foe Eagle Valley.
Hostetler pitched a complete game, holding the Devils to two earned runs over five innings, while allowing three hits and three walks, and recording three strikeouts. On the offensive side, she also had a single, two walks, three runs scored, and 2 RBIs.
Speakman contributed to the cause with a single, walk, 3 RBIs and a run scored; Poole had a single, a double and two runs; sophomore Myia Valencia had a single, a double, a walk, one run and an RBI; junior Kaylie Stark had two singles, a walk, a run and an RBI; freshman Zoe Hisel had a single, a walk, one run and an RBI; junior Jade Croy had a double, a walk, a sacrifice, one run and an RBI; and senior Logan Cox had a single, a walk and two runs scored.
Titans XC team winners at Delta
Racing at the Delta-Sweitzer Lake Invitational on Sept. 25, Coal Ridge High School sophomore Tyler Parker placed second overall and paced the Titans to the team win, covering the 5-kilometer course in 18:07.41, behind winner Alyster Birk from Paonia (17:32).
Grand Valley senior Keaton Williams was sixth in 18:40.85, followed by Titans sophomore Ezra Williams in seventh (18:59.11).
Coal Ridge claimed the meet win with 46 points, followed by Ouray with 50 and Grand Valley with 66.
Rounding out the top 20 among area runners, for Coal Ridge: junior William Parra was 10th in 19:25.75, followed by freshman Dallin Karen (13th, 19:30.49), junior Ethan Poland (14th, 19:34.71) and senior Jack Price (19th, 19:57.35); and, for Grand Valley, senior Nikolai Stammer was ninth (19:19.10) and Kade Sackett was 18th (19:56).
In the girls race, Coal Ridge sophomore Mikayla Cheney won the race in 18:58.84, followed by teammate Ayala Araceli in second (21:02.55), as the Lady Titans also won team honors with 36 points to host Delta’s 37.
Other top Coal Ridge runners were sophomore Gwynn Apostolik in eighth (23:02.94), sophomore Marilyn Stephens in 12th (23:35.32), and junior Haven Prodzinski in 18th (24:23.67). Grand Valley freshman Kaylae Medina was 15th in 23:57.53.
Rifle’s hernandez 6th at Moffat
Racing at the Moffat County Invitational on Sept. 26, Rifle senior Jonathan Hernandez placed sixth with a time of 19:05.36, and teammate Patrick Whitt, a junior, was eighth in 19:23.95.
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