Eight different Bulldogs score in victory over Rifle
The Palisade girls soccer team continued its undefeated season Friday with a 13-0 road win at Rifle.
Eight different players scored for the Bulldogs, who were also aided by a Rifle own goal.
Goalie Katie Dunn didn’t face a shot, but coach Raina Sorensen said the game offered her an opportunity to move players around. With only 14 players on the varsity roster, her options were limited.
“We work with a small roster, but we got to move players around and the girls got to play different positions,” Sorensen said. “We saw goals from different girls all over the field and we were really able to clean up our passing and focus on combos and playing to feet with quality.”
Fruita Monument coach Ray McLennan said the Wildcats played their most complete game of the season in a 4-2 victory at Montezuma-Cortez.
Colten Chamberlin threw five innings for a no-decision, and Kale Smith picked up the win in relief. Chamberlin struck out four Cortez batters and gave up only three hits.
“We needed momentum and effort coming into this game and I can say this is the best game we’ve played all season,” said McLennan, whose team improved to 6-6, 1-2 in the Southwestern League.
“We’re going to have to play a similar quality game if we’re going to beat Durango (today). We need that win and they can really swing it.”
Durango 7, Central 6: Isiah Mayberry’s walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh inning lifted Durango past visiting Central.
The ball was flying down south, with Central’s Kyle Serrano and Jeremy Champlin both clearing the fence.
Serrano finished 2 for 2 with a double and a home run. Champlin was 2 for 4 with a double, home run and three RBI.
Josh Weller and Cole Rupe each had two hits for the Warriors (6-5, 1-1).
A three-goal fourth quarter lifted Thompson Valley to a 9-7 win at Fruita Monument.
The Wildcats led 7-6 entering the final quarter, but a late Thompson Valley rally erased the deficit.
Still, Fruita coach Mark Young couldn’t help but find positives in his team’s effort.
“I’m not upset at all with this loss,” he said. “In fact, I’m very happy. Our kids played as a team. We played very well today.”
Aiden Woomer’s three goals paced Fruita (3-5. Braden Plock, Zac Twardowski, Jake Lynch and C.L. Flowers each added a goal.
Douglas County outscored Grand Junction 9-4 in the second half en route to a 16-10 win over the Tigers. Rachel Howard finished with five goals for Douglas County.
Friday’s Durango at Central match was postponed to 9 a.m. on April 19. Central coach Kathy Elliott said because Durango is in the midst of its spring break, it did not have enough players to field a full lineup.
Track and field
Led by Aaron Wagler’s win in the 400 meters, Rifle’s boys placed sixth at the Poudre Invitational in Fort Collins. Wagler clocked in at 50.08 seconds.
The Bears’ 800 relay team placed third (1:36.26).
Joey Kuheim placed third in the shot put (35 feet, 9¼inches) to help Rifle’s girls to an eighth-place showing.