Bartels Ks 15 as Bears top Sailors

Danny Bartels put on a show on the mound and at the plate Monday as Rifle defeated Steamboat Springs 8-5 in the Bears’ 4A Western Slope League baseball opener.

Bartels went the distance and struck out 15 batters to pick up his first pitching win of the season. He had a perfect game through three innings, but Steamboat Springs reached base on an error in the fourth to end it.

The Sailors got some hits off Bartels in the top of the seventh and scored three runs, but Bartels still finished what he started.

The strikeouts, according to Rifle coach Troy Phillips, were a matter of blowing his fastball by batters early, then getting them with his curveball and pitch location thereafter.

At the plate, Bartels went 3 for 3 with a double, one RBI, two runs, a walk and two stolen bases.

“He just had an all-around outstanding day,” Phillips said.

Triston Quigley was the only other Bear with multiple hits collecting two, including a double.

Phillips said the Bears (3-1) ran the bases well early, stealing six bases for the game, but base-running mistakes in later innings cost them chances to score more runs.

Deer Valley 7, Central 5: Central’s Kyle Serrano led off the seventh inning with a triple, and one out later Cole Rupe drew a walk to put runners on first and third, but Deer Valley (Glendale, Ariz.) turned a double play to end the game.

The Warriors took a 4-0 lead in the first inning, but Deer Valley’s starting pitcher “settled in and kept us off-balance the rest of the game,” Central coach Chuck Yost said.

No one had more than one hit for the Warriors (4-3), but Francisco Rubio and Alex Schaneman each drove in two runs. Serrano’s triple was Central’s lone extra-base hit.

The Warriors play Grant High School (Portland, Ore.) at 9:30 a.m. today during second-day action at the Coach Bob National Invitational in Phoenix.

Girls Golf

Montrose teams took the top two spots in a golf invitational it hosted Monday at The Links at Cobble Creek.

The Montrose Red team won with 257 strokes, paced by medalist Kala Keltz, who fired a 3-over-par 75. Madison Gill and Justine Johnson each carded a 91 to round out the team score.

The Montrose White team finished runner-up with 288 strokes, led by Theresa Tafoya’s 84, which was good for second place individually, and teammate Jordan Cherry added a 91.

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