After losing its first game of the season to Denver North who is currently 11-1 on the season, Rifle’s varsity baseball team has gone on a streak of 13 consecutive wins, which currently is the best record amongst all 73 4A baseball schools in the state. The Bears are 13-1 overall and 9-0 in the 4A Western Slope League.
The streak started with a 10-0 blanking of Coal Ridge at the beginning of March. The Titans are currently the second place team in the 3A WSL with a 7-1 league record and 8-4 overall record.
Rifle followed up the win over Coal Ridge with another shutout,12-0, over Steamboat in the first game of a doubleheader and then a 20-1 victory in the second game right before spring break.
After returning from spring break the Bears continued where they left off by beating Roaring Fork 16-3 in a midweek game and then swept Summit County later that week by scores of 5-2 and 19-8.
Then on April 6, Rifle got a walk-off win against rival Glenwood Springs in a 9-8 game played under the lights. It would be the first of a few close games that would come down to the last at-bat.
The Bears, however, returned to their higher scoring ways in a 17-1 win over Basalt and then followed that up with a second walk-off win, 8-7, over Moffat County.
Rifle then had to rely on some great pitching and defense along with a trick pick-off play to hold off Glenwood Springs in a 2-1 victory at Glenwood Springs’ field.
Due to the doubleheader with Battle Mountain being snowed out the weekend prior to the Glenwood Springs’ game, Rifle had to split up the Battle Mountain games to reschedule them with the first happening the day after the Glenwood Springs’ game in a series of 4 games the Bears had to play in 4 days. Rifle fell behind early to the Huskies, 5-0, but came back to record its 3rd walk-off win of the season on a wild pitch to win 11-10.
Two days later Rifle swept a home doubleheader in heavy winds against Eagle Valley by scores of 7-2 and 12-2. Those two victories have the Bears tied with Delta for the league lead with perfect league records. Both the Bears and Panthers will meet this coming Saturday in Rifle for the final home games of the season for Rifle at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Before the 1 p.m. game will be the recognition ceremonies for Rifle’s senior baseball players.