Roaring Fork, Coal Ridge split in baseball doubleheader |

Roaring Fork, Coal Ridge split in baseball doubleheader

Photo by Jim Ryan

CARBONDALE, Colorado ” Roaring Fork baseball coach Tim Nieslanik can’t figure out just why it happens, but his Rams don’t fare all that well in the first games of doubleheaders.

“We have a hard time getting ready to play that first half of a doubleheader,” he lamented. “That’s been our nemesis all year.”

Roaring Fork’s nemesis surfaced again on Thursday.

The Rams lost their first game with visiting Coal Ridge, 10-5, and then, behind pitcher Alex Rascon, turned around and beat the Titans 12-6 in the nightcap. Roaring Fork’s Dana Holley chipped in with a diving catch in the outfield.

Next up for the Rams (6-10 overall, 5-8 in the 3A Western Slope League) is a Saturday doubleheader at Hotchkiss. Coal Ridge (2-12, 1-11) travels to Grand Valley for a twin bill the same day.

PEACH VALLEY, Colorado ” Behind three goals from Sydney Wright, Coal Ridge stayed atop the 3A Western Slope League standings with a 5-1 girls soccer win over Aspen on Thursday.

Drew Simonson and Kourtney Mitchell added goals for the Titans, who improved to 10-0-1 overall and to 9-0-1 in league.

Mitchell, Erica Ruiz, Chelsie Ryan and Audrey Asplund chipped in with assists.

Next up for Coal Ridge is a home-and-home set with Vail Mountain. The Titans will travel to Vail on Saturday and then welcome the Gore Rangers to Peach Valley on Monday.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Michaela Mansfield and Hope Whitman scored two goals apiece as the Glenwood Springs girls soccer team beat Eagle Valley 7-1 on Thursday.

Corey Gera, Holly Brown and Bryttnie Evans also had goals for the Demons, who improved to 11-1-0. Evans and Sarah Treese each finished with two assists and Brown and Mariah Martin added helpers.

Glenwood Springs travels to Rifle on Thursday and then finishes out the regular season at home against Steamboat Springs on Friday.

CARBONDALE, Colorado ” Kathy Vega had a hat trick and Adrianna Romero scored two goals as Roaring Fork’s girls soccer team topped visiting Vail Christian 6-3 on Thursday.

Kaleigh Wisroth also scored for the Rams, who won for the second time this season and for the first time in 3A WSL play.

“We had a really good game today,” Rams coach Ivone Munoz said. “We played really, really well.”

Munoz cited roster-wide contributions with helping her team to victory.

“We had some really good assists,” she said. “Hannah Burleigh, Sharlene Salinas really did their job out on the field. Luciana Solera-Sales really went out there and had some accurate passing.”

Goalkeeper Danelia Abarca and defender Shawn Clapper held the Saints off on the defensive end.

Next up for Roaring Fork (2-10-0) is a Saturday trip to Basalt.

PARACHUTE, Colorado ” Grand Valley girls coach Kelly Clark saw little things she liked in Thursday’s 4-0 loss to Rangely. Now, if Clark and the Cardinals could just turn those little things into victories, she’d be happy.

“They played well,” Clark said. “The score doesn’t reflect that, of course, but the girls played well together. They were passing the ball, working it, trying to take shots on goal. That’s one area we’ve been lacking. They’re getting it.”

Grand Valley has one game left to work on putting it all together. The Cardinals (1-12-1) will host Roaring Fork on Monday to close out their first season at the varsity level.

MEEKER, Colorado ” Mario Gonzalez’s sixth-inning grand slam keyed a six-run rally as Glenwood Springs surged to a 14-9 win at Meeker in a non-league baseball matchup on Wednesday.

Garrett Hatch pitched five innings of two-hit relief as the Demons improved to 11-6 overall. Hatch had previously pitched only two-thirds of an inning all season.

Matt Snyder had a bag-clearing, bases-loaded double in the top of the third after Patrick Hailey broke up Tyler Matrisciano’s no-hitter with an RBI single to close to within 6-4.

Snyder was 3-for-3 with six RBIs on the afternoon, while Gonzalez and Hailey were each 2-for-3.

Glenwood, 8-4 in the 4A WSL, finishes up the regular season Saturday with a trip to Palisade. There, the Demons will play a twin bill and have a chance to secure a spot in the playoffs.

In the Rifle-Glenwood Springs baseball game story that appeared in Wednesday’s Post Independent, Glenwood’s Dominic Gamba was inaccurately attributed with two hits. Those hits should have been credited to fellow Demon Cole Ullom.

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