Rifle tops Coal Ridge
Behind an eight-run fifth inning, the Rifle Bears baseball team defeated the Coal Ridge Titans, 10-0, on Tuesday giving the Bears their first win of the season at Rifle High School.
Taking on the Bears just five days after a season-opening trip to Denver, Rifle was able to bounce back from the loss to Kent Denver by knocking off the Titans, thanks to timely hitting from juniors Drake Montgomery and Bryer Rew, combined with solid outings on the mound from senior Morgan Robinson and junior Gabe Marabas.
The Bears jumped out to a 2-0 lead after two innings of play while Robinson rolled through the first two innings.
From there, things were scoreless until some key hits from Montgomery and Rew, along with a handful of errors from the Titans in the fifth inning ended things quickly.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, senior Wyatt Carter led off with a walk. Robinson then followed with a single before Marabas walked, loading the bases for Montgomery.
The junior responded with a 2-run double into the left-centerfield gap that originally started out as a ground ball before taking a wild hop over the Coal Ridge shortstop into the gap.
Following Montgomery’s double, senior Ivan Quezada reached on an error that scored two more runs before junior James Magnuson singled to put runners on first and second.
Rew then came up with a clutch RBI single before Blaine Vance pounded out a hit-and-run single.
From there, senior Ty Leyba ripped an RBI single of his own, making it 9-0 Rifle. Carter then tacked on the final run by hitting the ball to right field where an error allowed the final run to score, capping off the Rifle win.
For the Bears, Robinson led the way with two hits at the plate, while pitching three scoreless innings of one-hit ball while striking out four.
Leyba and Quezada picked up RBIs in the win.
Rew and Montgomery drove in two runs each, while Marabas pitched two scoreless innings of one-hit ball, striking out four.
For Coal Ridge, senior Greyson Keener added a single, while junior Tyler Sloan pounded out the other hit for Coal Ridge — a single.
Rifle will take on Steamboat Springs on Saturday on the road in a double-header, while Coal Ridge will take on Basalt on Saturday in a double-header.
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