Prep Baseball Roundup: Baseball Rams have a little fun, take two at Coal Ridge |

Prep Baseball Roundup: Baseball Rams have a little fun, take two at Coal Ridge

Kelley Cox Post Independent

Baseball is meant to be a fun game.

That’s the message Roaring Fork baseball coach Marty Madsen communicated to his team after Thursday’s 5-1 loss to Glenwood Springs.

The Rams took that message to heart on Saturday, sweeping host Coal Ridge by counts of 19-8 and 12-2.

“They relaxed and realized it’s just baseball,” Madsen said. “We stopped being so uptight and decided to just play baseball with friends and have a good time”

Johnny Nieslanik led the charge in the six-inning, 19-8 opener, going 4 for 5 at the plate. He doubled twice and drove in four runs.

Nate Nieslanik (3 for 4, two RBIs), Trent Reeds (3 for 4, two doubles, two stolen bases), Tanner Gianinetti (1 for 3, two RBIs), Shea Nieslanik (1 for 2, two RBIs) and Clay Gross (1 for 1, two RBIs, four walks) all chipped in offensively.

Thomas Cerise picked up the win on the mound.

In the five-inning nightcap, Gross struck out six and surrendered just four hits on the mound. He was 1 for 2 with a double at the plate.

On offense, the Nieslanik crew came through with a big game.

Johnny Nieslanik (2 for 4, three RBIs), Shea Nieslanik (2 for 3, two RBIs), Tanner Nieslanik (2 for 2, three RBIs) and Nate Nieslanik (1 for 3, double, RBI) all tore it up at the plate.

The wins pushed Roaring Fork to 9-8 overall and to 9-7 in the 3A Western Slope League.

Coal Ridge dropped to 3-12 overall.

Glenwood Springs’s baseball team took two from Eagle Valley in Gypsum on Saturday.

Cody Derby pitched a complete game, striking out 14 and allowing just five hits, in a 3-1 win over the Devils. He did walk seven.

Derby was also 2 for 3 at the plate, as was Jon Forristall. Robert Reynolds, Tim Burr, Carder Ullom and Pete Ray also collected hits.

The Demons pounded out 17 hits to win the day’s other game, 13-10.

Burr (4 for 5, RBI), Ray (3 for 5, RBI), Ullom (2 for 5, three RBIs), Cole Ryan (3 for 6, three RBIs), Derby (2 for 5, three RBIs), Forristall (2 for 5, RBI) and Reynolds (1 for 4) all did damage at the plate. Ryan and Ullom both clubbed home runs.

Glenwood improved to 7-9 overall and to 6-4 in the 4A WSL.

Rifle’s baseball team split with visiting Gunnison in a Saturday doubleheader.

The Bears won a six-inning, mercy-rule shortened game by a 12-2 count. They dropped the other game, 8-4.

Hunter Finger pitched 5 1/3 innings in the win. He struck out eight before leaving the game with an elbow injury. At the plate, Finger was 2 for 2 with two doubles, a sacrifice fly and two RBIs.

Triston Quigley had a double and an RBI for Rifle. Danny Bartels had a double, two walks, three runs and three stolen bases. Tanner Quick had a double and an RBI.

In Rifle’s loss, Gunnison scored four unearned runs in the top of the seventh.

Quigley, Bartels, Bailey Hoffmeister and Teig Hauer had hits for the Bears, who are now 15-2 overall and 14-2 in the 3A WSL.

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