Baseball Demons drop a pair to Bulldogs
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Coach Eric Nieslanik is never quite sure what he’s going to get out of his Glenwood Springs baseball team.
Tuesday fit the bill. In the opener against visiting Palisade, the Demons were no-hit. In the nightcap, timely hitting nearly produced an upset over the first-place Bulldogs.
“We’re one of those teams that you never quite really know what you’re going to get,” Nieslanik explained. “That’s kind of where we are. We’re kind of inexperienced in these situations. We’re just trying to get better every time we go out.”
Glenwood looked like two different teams on Tuesday, losing the opener by a score of 13-0 and then hanging tight with Palisade in a 7-6 defeat.
Tate Herland’s three-run home run in the fifth inning gave the Bulldogs a 6-4 lead in Game 2. The senior went opposite field with his dramatic dinger, which capped a four-run inning.
“It was just an outside fastball,” relayed the right-handed Herland, who had no idea his smash would clear the right-field fence. “I really wasn’t paying attention. I was just running as hard as I could, trying to make something happen of it.”
When he heard his teammates’ cheers, he realized the ball had left the yard.
A half-inning earlier, the Demons came through with some clutch hitting of their own to take a 4-2 lead.
Back-to-back RBI singles by Cole Ryan and Carder Ullom snapped a 2-all tie.
Glenwood, which trailed 7-5 entering the seventh and final inning, nearly erased that deficit in its last offensive turn.
Caiden Sorenson sent a high-hopping grounder into right field for an RBI single to close the gap to a run, but that’s all the Demons would muster.
“Offensively in the second game, the kids hit the ball fairly well,” Nieslanik said. “We were making some plays here and there, so we’re getting there.”
Ullom led that offensive charge, going 3 for 4 with two RBIs. Cody Derby was 3 for 4 with an RBI, Ryan 2 for 3 with an RBI and Sorenson 2 for 4 with an RBI. Pete Ray and Jon Forristall had a hit apiece, with Ray chipping in an RBI.
Pfaff, Higman shut down Demons in opener
Kameron Pfaff and Cody Higman combined to hold the Demons hitless in the five-inning opener. A hit batter was the only runner Glenwood put on the bases.
The Bulldogs’ offense took care of the rest, cranking out three runs in the first inning, four in the second, five in the third and one in the fourth.
Palisade’s Caden Woods homered and drove in four runs as part of a 2 for 4 day.
Tuesday’s wins boosted the Bulldogs to 10-2 overall and to 5-0 in the 4A Western Slope League. Glenwood dropped to 4-8 overall and to 4-4 in league play.
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