Rottmann keys win for Central
The Central High School girls soccer team defeated Delta 5-0 on Friday, with freshman Rylea Rottmann scoring twice in the nonleague game to push her season total to nine goals.
Not only is that one of the higher goal totals in recent years for the Warriors (5-6-1), coach Jacob Pingel said it also makes her one of the top scorers in the Southwestern League.
Rottmann is now second in goals and points in the SWL, and Pingel said the forward has galvanized the entire offense.
“With her nine goals, I’d say she’s in the upper echelon of players in the league,” he said. “She’s right up there with (Grand Junction midfielder) Taylor Chaffetz and (Fruita Monument midfielder) Courtney Coffey. She is a hard worker, but also does good work. She’s very smart in the way that she plays.
“I feel like the team around her really understands the way she plays and plays to her strengths.”
Cierra Pennal scored twice, including Central’s first goal in the 30th minute. Rottmann found the net in the 64th minute, then in the 74th minute. Chloe Marston capped the scoring in the 75th minute.
Pingel pointed to Pennal’s leadership as a big key this season.
“She’s really worked with this offense, especially with the younger girls, and helped them develop,” Pingel said.
Palisade and Rifle split a Class 4A Western Slope League doubleheader. The Bulldogs won the opener 15-5 in five innings, and the Bears took the second game 10-4.
Palisade (9-5, 7-2 SWL) held Rifle scoreless for most of the first game. Three errors in the third inning allowed Rifle (10-5, 7-4) to score four runs, and three straight singles scored one run in the top of the fifth inning. For Palisade, every batter reached base safely at least once, and seven different players scored.
Troy Levinson was 3 for 4 and Zane Abeyta, batting cleanup, was 1 for 2 with two walks and three runs.
Tass Crow picked up the win for Palisade on the mound, throwing a complete game and striking out nine batters.
For Rifle, Layton Stutsman was 2 for 2 with two bunt singles. Teig Hauer was 1 for 2 with two RBI and also was saddled with the loss on the mound.
In Game 2, the Bears’ Bailey Hoffmeister pitched a complete game, giving up four hits and striking out six.
Hoffmeister finished 3 for 4 at the plate with four RBI, and Hauer was 2 for 3 with a double.
For Palisade, Cameron Campbell was 1 for 3 with a double and a run.
Grand Junction kept the game close with Aspen, trailing 6-5 at halftime, but a second-half run propelled the Skiers to a 14-7 Mountain League victory.
Freshman goalie Brandi Elder made 11 saves to lead the Tigers. Kristina Sewell led the Tigers with two goals.
Halle Harrison, Amanda Cole, Delaney Robison, Hannah Price and Kassidy Roberts also scored for Grand Junction.