Sandoval lifts Delta baseball team past Rifle
Tyler Sandoval pitched six innings and notched nine strikeouts as Delta topped Rifle 7-3 in 4A Western Slope League baseball Tuesday.
Sandoval gave the Panthers a lead, but it was a late offensive surge that sealed the win as Delta scored five runs in the final three innings.
Keaton Reiher went 4 for 4 with a double and scored three runs for the Panthers, who finished with eight hits.
Danny Bartels was tagged with the loss for Rifle. He gave up five hits over five innings, but three errors hurt the Bears. Bartels finished with nine strikeouts and a walk.
Other scores: Summit limited Battle Mountain to one hit and triumphed 15-1 in a 4A WSL game; and Coal Ridge defeated Roaring Fork 8-6 in 3A WSL play.
Fruita Monument dropped matches at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles, but won all of the other flights to defeat Central 5-2.
Shannon Hautzinger and McKenna Griffiths made Central’s Hannah Keeling and Bryce Lambert earn the win at No. 1 doubles, forcing a third set before bowing 6-4, 0-6, 6-4.
Grand Junction 7, Montrose 0: The Tigers won every match in straight sets, including Sierra Filutze’s 6-0, 6-0 triumph at No. 3 singles. Grand Junction improved to 2-1 in SWL duals.
A shot with one second left by Grand Junction was deflected just to the left of the goal by a defender’s stick as the Tigers fell 10-9 to host Aspen.
Grand Junction started strong and led 3-1 at the half, but penalties in the third quarter cost the Tigers, as the Skiers outscored them 6-1 to take a 7-4 lead. Grand Junction coach James States said the Tigers were forced to play down two players for about five minutes.
In the fourth quarter, States said, his team regrouped, bent on coming back instead of folding. He also praised goalie Kolton Flick for making 13 saves and keeping the Tigers in the game.
Luke Dohm, Scott Foster and Jeff Larson scored two goals apiece for Grand Junction (3-2). Foster added four assists.
Sarah Benton scored the game’s lone goal two minutes into the second half as Fruita Monument defeated Central 1-0.
Benton dribbled up the middle, got around a couple of defenders and fired a shot from about 25 yards away to the high, center part of the goal, according to Wildcats coach Eric Anderson.
That was enough for Fruita goalie Kylie Goetz, who made five saves to earn the shutout.
Other scores: Glenwood Springs routed Rifle 10-0 in 4A WSL play; and Coal Ridge beat Grand Valley 6-2 in a 3A WSL game.