Demons send seniors off with a victory
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, Colorado CO
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – As grueling as it was for Robert Reynolds to battle mononucleosis, it was almost equally agonizing to miss baseball games.
On Thursday, the Glenwood Springs High School senior made a triumphant return to the baseball diamond.
Reynolds and fellow seniors Cody Derby, Miguel Vega, Jon Forristall and Cole Ryan were sent off winners on senior day. Though they mustered just two hits, the Demons picked up a 5-1 win over visiting Roaring Fork in their final home game of 2012.
Reynolds, who turned in four innings of work on the mound and had an RBI single, hadn’t played since an April 14 doubleheader against Battle Mountain. He missed three games – two against Palisade and one against Grand Junction Central.
“I mean, it’s pretty painful and annoying to have [mono], but still, missing those games sucked,” he said. “It feels pretty awesome to be back out here, especially for the senior game. It would have been tough to miss that one.”
The Demons’ senior quintet will certainly be missed by the team’s head coach, Eric Nieslanik.
“We were sitting out here last night, working on the field, talking,” he said. “Those seniors have been a big part of this program, especially Robert and Cody. Gosh, they’ve been big parts of the varsity team since they were sophomores. It was nice to talk about some of the old times and then let them go out with a win.”
Discipline at the plate paved the way to that win. Glenwood drew 11 walks, including four in the third inning, when it took a 1-0 lead on a wild pitch. Vega scored the run.
Two errors and two walks fueled the Demons’ two-run rally in the fourth. Reynolds had the frame’s lone hit, a grounder down the third-base line that plated a run.
The Demons tacked on their final two runs in the sixth. Derby, who also pitched the final three innings, drove in a run with a line-drive single to right field and Reynolds made it 5-0 with a sacrifice fly.
Roaring Fork got its run in the top of the seventh on an RBI groundout by Tanner Nieslanik.
The Rams finished the day with three hits, getting one apiece from Trent Reeds, Thomas Cerise and Tanner Nieslanik. They just couldn’t get the big hit when they needed it, leaving the bases loaded in the fourth and stranding two runners in the third.
“It was just little things,” Roaring Fork coach Marty Madsen said. “Errors, walks, leaving too many guys on. Every baseball team has a slump here and there. We’re kind of in ours, but it’s about how we keep playing. We have to keep playing out of it.”
Both teams have plenty of important baseball ahead of them.
Glenwood, now 5-9 overall, will return to 4A Western Slope League play with a doubleheader at Eagle Valley on Saturday. At 4-4 in league play with four WSL games left, the Demons still have a shot at the postseason.
The Rams (7-8) return to 3A WSL play with a twin bill at Coal Ridge on Saturday. Roaring Fork is 7-7 in league play with four games to go.
“We’ve got a few things to work on,” Madsen said. “Hopefully, we get it right for Saturday.”
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