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Glenwood, Steamboat split doubleheader

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Kelley Cox Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Saturday’s baseball doubleheader between Glenwood Springs and visiting Steamboat Springs had a little bit of everything.

Great pitching, big hits, not-so-great pitching and a whole lot of runs colored a split between the Demons and the Sailors.

Four innings of no-hit, nine-strikeout ball from Alan Capistron helped Steamboat to a 10-6 win in the opener. Capistron had to exit the game with a finger injury, which allowed the Demons to mount a rally against the Sailor bullpen.

Mario Gonzalez had a two-run home run – his fourth blast in six games this season – for Glenwood in defeat.

The Demons bounced back in the nightcap, coming back from a 6-2 deficit to pull out the win.

Luke Jacob was 3-for-4 with two doubles and five RBIs and Collin Thornton went 3-for-5 with three RBIs for Glenwood, which broke a 10-all tie with a two-run single by Kevin Flohr in the top of the seventh inning.

Thornton picked up the win in relief for the Demons, who are now 3-3 on the season. Steamboat Springs moved to 2-5 on the year.

RIFLE, Colorado – Rifle’s baseball team split a Saturday twin bill with visiting Paonia, taking the opener by a score of 8-3 and dropping the nightcap, 8-5.

Chris Hesselberg had three hits – one a triple – for the Bears in their win.

Hesselberg also pitched the distance to notch the win on the hill. He walked just one.

Hunter Finger, Michael Cash and Ricardo Quezada each finished with two RBIs. Finger had a pair of hits.

Hesselberg was on fire at the plate in the second game, too, going 3-for-4. Cash was 2-for-3 with a triple and two runs scored.

Rifle pitchers walked 12 batters in defeat.

The Bears are now 3-5 on the season.

CEDAREDGE, Colorado – Cedaredge swept Coal Ridge in a Saturday baseball doubleheader, winning by counts of 16-4 and 8-1.

The Titans, playing on the road, dropped to 0-3 on the season.

CARBONDALE, Colorado – Behind a no-hitter from Johnny Nieslanik and a stingy pitching performance by Alex Rascon, Roaring Fork’s baseball team rolled to a doubleheader sweep of visiting Meeker on Saturday.

Nieslanik issued seven walks but held the Cowboys without a hit in an 8-2 win in the opener. Rascon led the Rams, now 3-0, to a 14-4, five-inning victory in the second game.

Jake Strack-Loertscher hit a two-run home run for Roaring Fork in the first game. It was Strack-Loertscher’s second blast of the young season.

GUNNISON, Colorado – Grand Valley, still lean on game experience in 2010, suffered a doubleheader sweep at the hands of Gunnison on Saturday.

The Cardinals lost to the Cowboys in Gunnison, 12-1 and 12-6.

Tyler Radel, Jeremy Lawrence and Trent Reidle all submitted solid pitching performances for the Cardinals, who dropped to 0-3.

Radel started the first game, turning in three innings of work. Lawrence started the second, lasting four innings.

Reidle, just a freshman, relieved Lawrence in the nightcap, impressing Cardinals coach Casey Coulter.

“He was the unexpected surprise of the day,” Coulter said. “He’s going to be able to fill some holes for us.”

– Jack Jabbour, a sports broadcaster for KMTS (99.1 FM), contributed to this report

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