Glenwood wraps up league title with win over Palisade
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado – Holly Brown beat a defender, took a pass from teammate Corey Gera and buried a shot 10 minutes into the second half, lifting the Glenwood Springs girls soccer team to a 1-0 win over Palisade on Saturday.
Goalkeeper Kenzie Kuhn and a stingy defense kept the host Bulldogs off the board the rest of the way as the Demons bagged their first 4A Western Slope League title since 2002.
Glenwood dominated the attack in the first half, outshooting Palisade by a wide margin at Mesa State College in Grand Junction. Bulldogs goalkeeper Amelia Davis didn’t let anything by, though.
“At halftime, we had nine or 10 shots on them,” Demons coach Bryan Stoltzfus said. “Their goalie is the best in the league.”
Glenwood didn’t help its own cause much, regularly missing the mark with those shots.
“We were missing the frame completely on some of them,” Stoltzfus said.
Eventually, Brown and Gera connected. Brown’s fateful score, along with some big-time defense, did the trick.
“The girls were excited,” Stoltzfus said. “And it was fun playing at Mesa State. What a great venue.”
The 9-1-0 Demons resume the regular season this week with home dates against Delta on Tuesday and Steamboat Springs on Thursday.
Palisade dropped to 9-2-1 with Saturday’s defeat.
DELTA, Colorado – Pitching matchups ruled the day as Glenwood Springs and Delta split a Saturday baseball doubleheader.
With Luke Jacob on the mound in the opener, the Demons 10-runned the host Panthers, 13-3. Jacob gave up just three hits and got plenty of support from the offense in the five-inning win.
“Luke did a fantastic job against their lineup,” Glenwood coach Eric Nieslanik said. “They’re one of the top teams in the league. Luke shut them down, which was great.”
Mario Gonzalez had a pair of triples and three RBIs to lead the Demons at the plate. Jacob contributed a pair of hits, as did Collin Thornton.
In the second game, Delta rode the arm of Ethan Kraai to a 13-0 victory.
“He just overpowered us,” Nieslanik said. “We had some guys on the basepaths once in a while, but he just shut us down.”
The Demons moved to 6-8 overall and to 3-6 in the 4A WSL with the split. Delta is now 9-4 overall and 7-2 in league play.
GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado – Rifle gave one of the 4A WSL’s best baseball teams a scare in the front end of a Saturday doubleheader, taking Palisade to 10 innings in a 7-6 defeat at Canyon View Park in Grand Junction.
Led by a 10-inning pitching performance by Chris Hesselberg, the 7-8 Bears nearly took down the 12-4 Bulldogs. Hesselberg struck out 13 and allowed just one earned run. A number of errors behind him plagued his cause.
Rifle held a three-run lead going into the bottom of the seventh inning and had a lead going into the bottom of the 10th.
Palisade answered with rallies both times.
Hesselberg smacked a pair of doubles at the plate on top of his pitching performance.
Michael Cash chipped in with a couple of hits for the Bears and Matt Barrett had a suicide-squeeze bunt that turned into a single. Danny Bartels drove in a pair of runs on sacrifice flies.
Rifle went on to drop the nightcap, 13-2.
CEDAREDGE, Colorado – Cedaredge’s baseball team remained undefeated with a doubleheader sweep of visiting Grand Valley on Saturday.
The Bruins beat the Cardinals by counts of 12-0 and 23-0 to improve to 13-0. The Cardinals fell to 2-11 overall with the losses.
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