Rifle’s Phillips captures Slope’s top skipper award
The Rifle and Glenwood Springs high school baseball teams would have liked better showings in the postseason – both were eliminated in the opening round of districts – but the two squads fetched plenty of Class 4A Western Slope League accolades.
Rifle, which defended its league title and finished with a 10-2 WSL mark, had four players named to the all-league first team, and the Bears’ Troy Phillips was named the coach of the year.
Glenwood, which rallied late in the season to finish fourth in the league (7-5), garnered a pair of first-team selections.
Senior Bears ace Jason Enewold, whose season included a 20-strikeout performance, was picked for the first team along with senior teammates Scott Van Slyke (catcher) and Owen Madison (pitcher, infield). Rifle sophomore Adam Krick also got the nod and was one of only two underclassman selected for the first team.
The Bears’ four first-team selections were second only to Delta, which landed five players on the list.
Senior catcher Jeremy Ureche and pitcher Justin Jerome, also a senior, were the two first-team selections for the Demons.
Senior Andrew Blake, who developed into Glenwood’s ace after recovering from a hand injury suffered at the end of basketball season, earned honorable mention accolades. Sophomore teammate John Faris was also honorable mention.
Four Rifle players were named to the honorable mention team, all of whom have at least one more year on the team. Juniors Nick Babler, Kip Jessup and Shane Fazzi are joined by the only freshman to earn postseason accolades, outfielder Eli Snead.
Moffat County had two players named to the first team, including the player of the year in senior pitcher Jerod Estey.
For the complete list of selections, see Scoreboard on page 20.
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