After a shortened 16-game season due to COVID-19 changes made by CHSAA, Rifle High School’s softball team finished 9-7 and had seven players receive all-conference honors and one player, Senior Abigail Bonuales, who received all-state honors.
Bonuales, who played shortstop for the Bears, was selected to play in the Colorado Coaches of Girls Sports senior all-state game in Denver and was also chosen as an honorable mention for the CHSAA 4A All-State Team. Bonuales led the team in assists from her shortstop position with 35 on the season. She also hit .417 with 19 runs scored, 17 RBI’s, and seven stolen bases. She only struck out once the entire season and had a .464 on-base percentage.
In addition to her all-state selection, Bonuales was a first team Western Slope League all-conference selection, joining junior Emma Poole, sophomore Hailey Worton, and freshman Emma Speakman on the first team. Earning honorable mention were junior Kaylie Stark, sophomore Myia Valencia, and freshman Blayke Hostettler.
Poole was the team’s leading hitter with a .583 batting average and .649 on-base percentage. Poole scored 23 runs and tallied 26 runs batted in without striking out a single time in the season.
Worton, who suffered a season-ending knee injury part way through the season, was the top defensive player for the team with 56 putouts and no errors for a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage. In addition she hit .545 on the season with a .714 on-base percentage and 14 runs to go along with 10 RBI’s.
Speakman, who played second base and occasionally pitcher, was also one of the top hitters on the team in her first year of high school softball, batting .565 with 26 runs scored, 8 doubles, and 11 stolen bases in 11 attempts. She also had a .636 on-base percentage.
Stark was the Rifle centerfielder throughout the year, showing great range at times during the season defensively. She scored 13 runs and had 12 RBI’s on the season.
Valencia played primarily catcher for the Bears while also playing some infield and outfield. On offense she hit .434 on the season with 20 runs scored and 14 RBI’s. She also had a .943 fielding percentage and stole seven bases in seven attempts.
Hostettler was Rifle’s top pitcher on the season, finishing with a 7-6 record and 5.23 ERA in 71 innings pitched. She tallied 37 strikeouts. Offensively she contributed a .538 on-base percentage and .333 batting average.