Clutch hitting propels Bears past Demons
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Triston Quigley didn’t get the pitch he was expecting. It didn’t matter.
The Rifle High School junior waited on a curveball and roped an opposite-field single into right in the top of the seventh inning, plating a run and lifting his Bears to a 4-3 baseball win at Glenwood Springs on Tuesday.
“It was a curveball and it got me,” said Quigley, whose game-winning base hit came off Demons pitcher Cody Derby. “I saw it was a curve and swung at it.
“You’ve got to be loose and take a soft stride. That’s what we were working on the last practice before this game. All of us were working on a soft stride, and I think that’s what made that hit happen.”
Rifle hurler Danny Bartels set Glenwood down in order in the bottom half of the inning, finishing off the Bears’ seventh win of 2012.
Bartels homered in the fourth inning and pitched a complete game on the mound. He struck out 10 and surrendered six hits in seven innings of work.
After a slow start, the junior right-hander settled into a groove. It was both teams’ first game back after spring break, so there was some rust involved.
“Taking that break hindered me a little bit,” Bartels said. “I wasn’t throwing like I was two weeks ago. I was just getting back in my rhythm, finding my arm slot. After that, I think I was doing better.”
The Demons had the upper hand early on Tuesday.
Derby led off the game with a home run that cleared the left-field fence. It was the first pitch the senior saw.
Glenwood scratched out a run in the third inning as well. Derby tripled down the third-base line and later scored on a wild pitch to give the Demons a 2-0 lead.
But the Bears clawed back with two runs in the fourth, the first courtesy of Bartels’ homer.
Bailey Hoffmeister followed with an infield single and later came around to score on Wyatt Robinson’s double off the left-field fence.
Rifle took the lead with a run in the fifth. Quigley tripled and then scored on a groundout by Bartels.
Glenwood tied it at 3 on an RBI double by Jon Forristall in the sixth.
“It was a great-played baseball game,” said Demons coach Eric Nieslanik, whose team dipped to 1-5 on the season. “Rifle, of course, is a solid, fundamental team, and I think we played right there with them most of the game. A big hit here and there, and the game goes the other way.”
Forristall and Derby had a pair of hits apiece to lead Glenwood. Cole Ryan and Chris Sarabia also had hits.
Quigley and Bartels each had two hits for the Bears, who improved to 7-1 with the non-league triumph. Robinson, Hoffmeister and Layton Stutsman also chipped in with hits.
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