Rifle powers way past Eagle Valley 10-6 | VailDaily.com

Rifle powers way past Eagle Valley 10-6

Sam Flickinger

“I think we were in the Wizard of Oz movie when Dorothy was knocking on that door and nobody was home during the tornado. It was that windy,” Ellsworth said.

Those gusty winds, strong Rifle pitching and a few questionable calls behind the plate added up to a 10-6 Bears’ win, a victory that snapped Eagle Valley’s four-game win streak.

“We didn’t have the timely hits. We had untimely outs,” Ellsworth said.

Rifle built a 4-0 lead early in the game before the Devils narrowed the margin to 4-3 heading into the sixth. The Bears then scored six runs, knocking Devils starter J.J. Alvis out of the game and then Micah Bernhardt, who relieved Alvis. T.J. Stanford followed Bernhardt and finished out the game.

Rifle’s offensive outburst began with a lead-off walk that buckled the knees of the Bears’ batter and appeared to be a strikeout pitch.

“J.J. pitched well, Micah pitched well, T.J. pitched well,” Ellsworth said.

“Things happen for a reason. We don’t always know what those are, but again, we have to have faith and believe in what we’re trying to accomplish and keep our sights on the goals on that we’ve set.”

Bernhardt led the way offensively for the Devils with a 3-for-3 day at the plate. Jose Meza went 2-for-4, Jason Leniger 2-for-3 and Alvis roped a ground-rule double.

The loss dropped the Devils to 10-4 on the season heading into a Wednesday non-league game against Olathe at Canyon View in Grand Junction. First pitch is 2 p.m.

“Yeah, you want to win them all, but you also want to learn,” Ellsworth said. “We could beat someone 28-0 and not learn anything from it. We played a good team today and we know we could improve on certain game situations and move on. You have to.”

Ellsworth expects a strong test from the Pirates on Wednesday.

“They’ll come at us.. Everybody does,” he said. “We just want to learn from what we’ve done in the past against Olathe and execute our business. Go out, be determined and have the desire to succeed from the first pitch.”

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