Demons’ hot bats burn Roaring Fork
Post Independent Sports Editor
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
CARBONDALE, Colorado – Glenwood Springs High School’s baseball team woke up from its three-week long hibernation with the resounding pings of their aluminum bats on Saturday.
Carder Ullom finished with five hits in two games and Chase Nieslanik shined at the plate and on the mound for the Demons, who swept Roaring Fork, 10-9 and 12-0, in a non-league doubleheader at Roaring Fork High School’s baseball field.
“This was great to see, especially after that tournament at the beginning of the season,” Glenwood coach Eric Nieslanik said. “It was good for us to come out and work through the first game and then play a really good, solid baseball game after that.”
That tournament at the beginning of the season was Glenwood’s own tournament, where the Demons (2-3 overall) dropped games to Middle Park, Steamboat Springs and Hotchkiss the weekend of March 16. Due to the spring-break hiatus and unplayable field conditions due to weather, the Demons hadn’t played a game since then until Saturday.
And that lack of live action didn’t make a difference against the Rams (0-8 overall) aside from the first inning, when Roaring Fork jumped to a 5-2 lead. Glenwood, however, got on track from there, outscoring the Rams 20-4 for the remaining 13 innings of the doubleheader.
“That was a little bit of a surprise, for sure,” Ullom said. “We have a lot of young kids and don’t really have a lot of kids who have played a lot of baseball. So it was really nice to see everyone come out, pound the ball and hit it everywhere.”
In all, Glenwood pounded out 22 hits during the twin bill, including a 12-hit attack in the opener that helped the Demons rally for the win.
Willie Salcido allowed four runs in the final 52⁄3 innings of the opener to earn the pitching victory. He struck out six and walked none against Roaring Fork, which finished with 10 hits in the game.
Ullom, who plays first base, finished 3-for-4 with a double in the opener, then followed with a 2-for-4 outing in the second game. Chase Nieslanik finished 3-for-3 for the Demons in the opener, then followed with six shutout innings on the mound in the nightcap. He struck out four and walked two, allowing just two hits.
“He threw fantastic today,” coach Nieslanik said. “His control of the strike zone surprised me a little bit, but for a sophomore to come in and control the game like that is just fantastic.”
The Demons had three hits by the end of the second inning of the second game, but Roaring Fork kept them off the scoreboard until the third inning. Ullom walked, and Ian Scrutan, Chase Nieslanik, Caiden Sorenson and Brian Burbidge each followed with singles to put Glenwood up for good at 3-0.
Roaring Fork catcher Tanner Nieslanik finished 2-for-3 in the opener, and Alex Larson added a 2-for-4 outing in the first game for the Rams.
Glenwood, which had a Class 4A Western Slope League doubleheader against Battle Mountain canceled twice because of poor field conditions, is off until Wednesday night when it plays at Palisade. Roaring Fork will try to pick up its first victory Tuesday when the Rams play at undefeated Basalt in a 3A WSL game.
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