Baseball Demons drop opener to Summit |

Baseball Demons drop opener to Summit

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO
Jeff Caspersen Post IndependentGlenwood Springs' Chris Sarabia steals second base as Summit's Jake Latta receives the throw during Friday's game.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Early-season baseball isn’t all about wins and losses. It’s often about improvement.

Over the course of Friday’s season opener against visiting Summit, Glenwood Springs coach Eric Nieslanik saw his team make a stride or two in that department.

“You know, it’s our first time out,” said the veteran coach, whose team suffered a 7-2 defeat. “We were just a little bit undisciplined and not aggressive at the same time. But it was a good second half of the game. We got a little bit better. We got a little more confidence.”

Summit, Middle Park and Steamboat Springs are all in Glenwood this weekend for a round-robin tournament.

In the opener, the Tigers jumped on the Demons early, putting a run on the board in the first inning and five more in the second.

Senior pitcher Gabe Stuhr kept Glenwood off balance offensively. The Demons rallied for both of their runs in the fifth inning, getting RBI singles from Cody Derby and Miguel Vega.

Stuhr pitched six innings, striking out seven along the way, as Summit won for the fourth time in as many outings. The Tigers were scheduled to play Middle Park later in the day on Friday.

“We’re doing a lot better than past years, which is nice,” Stuhr said. “It’s due to a lot of good freshmen who came up.”

An approach rooted in fundamentals is behind Summit’s early success, the pitcher/catcher said.

“We’re really making sure we’re making the easy plays, the routine plays,” he explained. “As long as we can do that, the outs will come and the wins will come.”

Tim Burr finished with two hits for the Demons, who face Steamboat Springs (10 a.m.) and Middle Park (4 p.m.) today at the Glenwood Springs Middle School diamond. Chris Sarabia collected a hit and walked three times.

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