Ryan’s hat trick leads Coal Ridge to soccer win
PEACH VALLEY, Colorado ” Chelsie Ryan scored a hat trick and six other Coal Ridge girls soccer players added goals as the Titans dismissed visiting Grand Valley 9-0 on a wet Saturday in Peach Valley.
Audrey Asplund, Kelly Romero, Sydney Wright, Alicia Cokley, Erica Ruiz and Sam Wilson all chipped in with goals for Coal Ridge, which improved to 4-0-1 in the 3A Western Slope League and to 5-0-1 overall.
Grand Valley, which tied Vail Christian 1-all on Thursday, fell to 1-8-1 overall and to 1-7-1 in the 3A WSL.
RIFLE, Colorado ” Rifle’s girls soccer team ran into a talented Class 5A school in the form of Grand Junction Central on Saturday. The visiting Warriors hung a 7-0 defeat on the Class 4A Bears.
“Central’s a pretty good team,” Rifle coach Jennifer DeHamer said. “They know how to pass the ball around to each other’s feet. I don’t know. We were just standing still a lot and watching them play. We have some stuff to work on for Steamboat on Thursday.”
DeHamer’s Bears, now 4-4-0 overall, host Steamboat Springs at 4 p.m. on Thursday.
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Steamboat Springs topped host Glenwood Springs 11-1 in boys lacrosse play on Saturday.
The loss dropped the Demons to 0-7 in the Mountain League, while the league-leading Sailors improved to 9-0.
RIFLE, Colorado ” Rifle split a baseball doubleheader with visiting Steamboat Springs on Saturday, winning the opener 10-4 and dropping the nightcap 13-7.
Dwight Cerise earned the pitching win for the Bears in the opener. He was aided by a 3-for-4 hitting performance by Raleigh Roberts and a 2-for-4 clip at the plate by Tanner Wilcox. Rifle also swiped eight bases in that game.
In the nightcap, Steamboat’s Alan Capistron belted a three-run home run in the fifth inning to extend the Sailors’ lead from 7-4 to 10-4. He also had a three-run double in the second inning that put the visitors ahead.
Rifle’s Michael Cash had two hits and two RBIs in the second game.
The Bears, now 3-4 in the 4A Western Slope League and 6-6 overall, play again next Saturday when Palisade visits Rifle for a doubleheader.
RIFLE, Colorado ” Bad innings were the bane of Coal Ridge’s existence in Saturday’s baseball doubleheader with visiting Gunnison.
The Titans were holding their own with Gunnison in both ends of the twin bill before things snowballed in a bad direction for them. The end result: 19-7 and 11-3 losses.
“In game No. 1 we had it close and then everything fell apart,” Coal Ridge coach Steve Ryan said. “We gave up 11 runs in one inning. We were sitting at 8-7 and lost 19-7.”
The second game followed a similar storyline. Coal Ridge had it within two at 5-3 before a big Gunnison inning put the game away.
Despite the losses, Ryan saw his team produce its best offensive outing of the season. And, slowly but surely, he’s starting to see his team jell.
“We’re starting to figure out how to play baseball together,” he said. “That’s an important part of it. I think we’re moving in a positive direction, moving forward as a team.”
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Rain postponed Saturday’s Glenwood Springs-Battle Mountain baseball doubleheader to Monday. The games will begin at 3:30 p.m. at the Glenwood Springs Middle School diamond.
PARACHUTE, Colorado ” Bad baseball weather postponed Saturday’s Grand Valley-Cedaredge doubleheader in Parachute to a later date. No official makeup date was known at press time.
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