College baseball: Glenwood Geckos to play for league title
GRAND JUNCTION — The team that three weeks ago had the worst record in the Mountain West Summer College Baseball League is now just a win away from winning a league championship.
Will Ray drove in three runs and Jake Ekstrom went the distance on the mound for the Glenwood Springs Geckos, who on Wednesday beat the Grand Junction Rocky Mountain Oysters 8-5 to reach the championship game of the six-team, double-elimination league tournament.
“This feels amazing,” Glenwood assistant coach Camron Jimenez said. “Things really started to click for us, and we really started figuring things out at the right time.”
That goes without saying for Glenwood (16-12 overall), who have won six straight games and 13 of their past 14 games overall. Prior to the Geckos’ recent run, they were in last place in the MWSCBL with a 5-11 record.
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Glenwood will play an opponent to be determined beginning at noon Saturday at Ron Patch Memorial Field in Carbondale and is the only unbeaten team left in the tournament. That means whichever team plays Glenwood will have to beat the Geckos twice to win the league title.
Grand Junction will host a loser-out game Friday against the winner of today’s loser-out game between Vail and Steamboat Springs in Steamboat. The winner of Friday’s game moves in to play Glenwood on Saturday.
Ekstrom faced 32 batters in his complete-game outing, hitting three batters and walking three while allowing four hits with 10 strikeouts. Only three of the five runs he allowed were earned.
Ray finished 2-for-3 batting and hit a two-run homer in the first inning to give Glenwood the early lead. Jason Galleano added a 2-for-5 outing at the plate, Anu Smeigh went 2 for 3 and Evan McFarland added a 2-for-4, three-RBI outing for Glenwood.
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