Area baseball teams go back to school
With the baseball diamond as their classroom, the coaches returned to their basic lesson plans on Tuesday.
Taking advantage of a rare nonleague doubleheader in the middle of the season, the Glenwood Springs and Roaring Fork prep teams went back to baseball school.
“We were able to get the kids some good work … to teach the kids a little. And get in some at-bats,” said Glenwood Springs baseball coach Mike Wilde after darkness halted the scheduled second game in the fourth inning.
“We played some kids in different positions. And we got our younger pitchers some work … we needed it,” Wilde said.
Roaring Fork continued its timely hitting lesson, started last weekend in a doubleheader split with powerhouse Eagle Valley. The Rams, behind the pitching and hitting of Jake Boyle, beat the Demons 5-4 in the opening game Tuesday at the field adjacent to Glenwood Springs Middle School.
Boyle went 4-for-4 with a double in the opener. Josh Stewart added two hits and an RBI and Kevin Broadhurst drove in two runs for Roaring Fork.
Boyle, meanwhile, limited the Demons to four hits as he pitched the complete-game victory.
Josh Russo, Jeremy Ureche and Andrew Blake (2) had the hits for the Demons in the first game – a game where the Demons managed one late run in the bottom of the seventh before ending the contest with the bases loaded.
In the second game, Roaring Fork started with a big rally, keyed by a Kevin Armstrong home run.
Glenwood then rallied in the second inning to tie the score 6-6.
Roaring Fork piled on eight runs as play entered the third inning, when it was halted by darkness and ruled an incomplete game.
Wilde said his Demons hit the ball hard for much of the day, even hitting into a pair of double plays in the first game.
“(Brian) Raymond came in and held them scoreless,” Wilde said of the relief job of his sophomore pitcher.
“Four quality innings … allowed only two hits,” Wilde added.
He said the Demons now will look to a return to 4A Western Slope League play and a Thursday night game at Battle Mountain.
The Huskies won their first game of the season on Tuesday, defeating Steamboat 11-0 in five innings. Battle Mountain scored all 11 runs in the fourth inning.
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