Saturday’s Prep Roundup
Ryan Melody scored two of Rifle’s three goals in the first half. Then Graham Riddile continued his recent streak of finding the back of the net by scoring the Bears’ next two goals in a 4-3 league win over Palisade Saturday.Melody netted the first of his two unassisted goals in the 10th minute of the contest. The senior didn’t need much time to post goal No. 2. Five minutes later Melody beat Bulldogs keeper Lucas Schott to go up 2-0.Riddile, who had a hat trick in an earlier 6-4 home loss to Eagle Valley, gave Rifle a three-goal lead at the 29th minute.Palisade’s Micah Hoofgreen snapped the potential shutout Bears goalie Mario Ortega was fashioning with a late first-half goal prior to intermission.Riddile put Rifle up 4-1 early in the second half. The Bears travel to Battle Mountain Thursday, then host Moffat County Saturday.
Facing a tough Gunnison team under the lights of Western State College’s field on Friday night, the Coal Ridge Titan football team suffered a 49-0 loss. The Gunnison defense shut down the Titans, holding Coal Ridge running back David Anderson to 21 yards on four carries and dropping quarterback Keenan Grumley for negative 20 yards in the game. Grumley completed four passes in the game, all to wide receiver Bradey Gasaway, who finished with 30 yards on the night.The Titans will now prepare for their next game on Friday at Basalt.
Locating base hits was no problem for Rifle’s softball team on Saturday. With the homecoming dance scheduled later that evening, the Bears were anxious to wrap up their work against Steamboat Springs as quickly as possible.The Sailors did their best to comply.Game one was quickly determined after the Bears scored 10 runs in the first inning, then breezed to a 14-1 victory, stopped in the fifth due to the 10-run-ahead mercy rule.Junior Alissa Skinner had team-highs in two departments with three hits and four RBI’s in the rout. Three other starters – Chelsea Webb, Megan McWilliams and Kendall Babler – each contributed two hits with an equal number of runs batted in.McWilliams earned the win, allowing Steamboat one hit in five innings with 11 strikeouts.The back half of the twin bill was another one-sided rout.This time, Rifle scored nine, eight, then 10 runs in three innings to force a stop to a 27-0 shellacking where the Bears boomed out 18 hits, while Steamboat committed 10 defensive errors.Senior infielder Jessica Martinez and Skinner, also the winning pitcher, both homered in the game. Babler racked up six RBI’s in four at-bats.The wins raised Rifle to 5-1 in league, a game behind first place Palisade and 11-6 overall.
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Down 14-7 with less than 11 minutes left in regulation, Rifle head coach Todd Casebier decided it was time to deviate from his ground-and-pound offense for a bit of an aerial attack.