The annual Austin Booth Memorial Wood Bat tournament took place in Rifle on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with the participation of high school teams from Rifle, Coal Ridge, Glenwood Springs, Battle Mountain, Fruita and Canon City.
Rifle won the tournament with a 4-0 record, beating Canon City 11-1, Coal Ridge 10-3, Battle Mountain 13-3 and Fruita 6-4 on Saturday night in what amounted to the championship game, said the ‘Coach Troy Phillips.
“Fruita’s high school team had just completed a great season in high school during which they were the No. 2 seeded team in the State tournament for 5A,” noted Phillips.
Austin Booth was a former rifle player who died of complications from the flu about 10 years ago. The tournament was named in his honor.
Scores for day 1: Glenwood Springs 10, Coal Ridge 3; Fruita 7, Glenwood Springs 1; Fruita 11, Battle Mountain 10 (8 rounds); Rifle 11, Canon City 1
Scores for day 2: Glenwood Springs 10, Battle Mountain 2; Canon City 10, Fruita 7; Canon City 5, Coal Ridge 2; Rifle 10, Coal Ridge 3
Scores for day 3: Canon City 6, Glenwood Springs 2; Coal Ridge 8, Battle Mountain 6; Rifle 13, Battle Mountain 3; Rifle 6, Fruita 4
Choice of all 4A conferences
Also recently, 4A Western Slope League coaches made their All-Conference selections, which included several players from Glenwood Springs and Rifle.
First-team picks for the Demons included seniors Wheatley Nieslanik and Garrett Dollahan, and for the Bears, rookie Logan Gross and junior Trey Caldwell.
Honorable mention went to, for Glenwood: juniors Evan Heyl and Braxton Mims and sophomore Abner Mangeot; and for Rifle: juniors Gavin Peterson and Easton Phillips and second Connor Abbott.
The League’s Player of the Year was Elijah Morales of Battle Mountain; The pitcher of the year was Cooper Narenkivicus of Palisade; and Coach of the Year was Nate Porter of Palisade.