Demons withstand Titans on diamond
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Cody Derby’s RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning lifted Glenwood Springs to an 8-7 baseball win over visiting Coal Ridge on Wednesday.
Carlos Hernandez, who drew a walk to reach base, scored the winning run. He stole second before Derby drove him in.
“For our first night on the diamond, we did OK,” Demons coach Eric Nieslanik said. “We’ve got things to clean up, obviously, but we did OK.”
Kevin Flohr had a big day at the plate for Glenwood, doubling twice and driving in four runs in four at-bats. Derby was also 2 for 4 at the plate.
The Demons, now 1-0, will host Steamboat Springs in a doubleheader on Saturday. Game times are 10 a.m. and noon.
First-year Basalt head baseball coach Josh Lively deemed Wednesday’s game against Roaring Fork “a tough night.”
A real tough night.
The Longhorns surrendered 10 first-inning runs and never could recover, falling 12-2 in a game shortened to five innings because of the mercy rule.
The loss drops Basalt to 1-2 on the young season.
“We were mentally prepared and ready for the game, but our starting pitcher [Blake Scherer] wasn’t quite connecting on his pitches, and we got a little behind,” Lively said. “[Surrendering early runs] changes everything.”
So did the game’s first play. Third baseman Tanner Banc made a diving stop in the hole, but first baseman Kenny Resch failed to pick the throw at first. The entire team appeared to be deflated, Lively said.
“It was a beautiful play that we didn’t quite connect on, and I felt that from that point on everybody was kind of down,” he added. “We really never even bounced back.”
The Longhorns scored twice in the top of the second. Senior Kyp Schoon – fresh off a complete-game effort in which he struck out seven and surrendered just four hits in a 4-3, eight-inning victory over Gunnison on Monday – replaced Scherer and surrendered just two runs the rest of the way.
Basalt will look to rebound Saturday, when they host a doubleheader with Olathe. First pitch is slated for 11 a.m.
The mistakes piled up for the Longhorns on Wednesday – from the missed penalty kick to two botched breakways and shots that hit the crossbar.
“It was not our finest hour. It was sloppy and it was ugly,” head coach Makenzie Eshelman conceded, “but a win is a win.”
Ginevra Moore scored two goals in the first half against Roaring Fork, and teammate Stephanie Alavarado added another in the second to propel Basalt to a 3-1 win in Carbondale – their second over the Rams this season.
“We were just out of sorts,” Eshelman said. “You have games every season that you want to forget. This was it. … Our passes today were pretty weak, and we didn’t keep our shape throughout.”
Basalt controlled possession for much of the match – at least when they weren’t passing the ball to Roaring Fork players, Eshelman said.
Still, the Longhorns found themselves in a scoreless duel late into the first half. Moore changed their fortunes with two scores in the final 6 minutes before the break.
Alvarado provided so insurance, helping Basalt improve to 3-0 on the yougn season. It visits Grand Valley at 4 p.m. today in its final match before spring break.
“I think they learned a lot today. They know what to do,” Eshelman said. “We’re focusing on tomorrow. I think they’ll be pretty pumped up for that game.”
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