Delta’s no-no does in Demons |

Delta’s no-no does in Demons

Jon Mitchell
Delta High School pitcher Keaton Reiher delivers a pitch in the seventh inning of the Panthers' game against Glenwood Springs at the Glenwood Springs Middle School baseball field. Reiher and Delta pitcher Tyler Sandoval combined to pitch a no-hitter in the demons' 8-1 victory over the Demons.
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Delta 8, Glenwood Springs 1

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Tyler Sandoval, Keaton Reiher (4) and Jeremiah Baier; Chase Nieslanik, Ian Scruton (4), Luke Ray (6) and Chris Sarabia, Bryce Gonzales (6). WP — Sandoval. LP — Nieslanik (4-2). 2B — Delta: Reiher 2.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Delta High School’s baseball team didn’t know it had just held the Glenwood Springs Demons without a hit following the Panthers’ 8-1 victory on Thursday. Not until well after the game was over, that is.

“That’s pretty cool,” Delta coach Marty Rover said. “I’m not saying that it’s ever a goal, but it’s pretty cool that it happened.

“And to tell you the truth, it didn’t even cross my mind that it was happening,” Rover continued, smiling. “I was just dialed into other parts of the game.”

It turned out to be Tyler Sandoval and Keaton Reiher who were dialed in against Glenwood, with the only run the Demons scored on the day being an unearned one to avert the shutout. Meanwhile, the Panthers (13-2 overall, 9-1) not only retained a foothold on the top spot in the Class 4A Western Slope League standings, but also managed to take advantage of an off day by Demons’ starting pitcher Chase Nieslanik and the six errors committed by Glenwood.

That paved way to a four-run second inning by the Panthers that turned out to be more than enough against Glenwood.

“They both kept us off balance all day,” Demons coach Eric Nieslanik said. “And with the way that some of us approached things at the plate today, we didn’t deserve to hit.”

Sandoval earned the victory on the mound for the Panthers, allowing just one unearned run and four walks with four strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings. Reiher relieved the rest of the way, pithing 3 2/3 innings with four strikeouts and no walks, setting down 11 of the 12 batters he faced.

Meanwhile, Reiher was a catalyst of the Panthers’ offense, going 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles and a walk. The Demons allowed nine hits total, with two of them coming in Delta’ four-run second inning that gave the Panthers the lead for good.

“We played pretty tight defensively,” coach Nieslanik said. “We gave them some of those runs.”

Chase Nieslanik (4-2) had his shortest outing of the season. He went three innings, allowing three earned runs with two strikeouts, but he also walked five and hit a batter. Three of Glenwood’s errors came in the Panthers’ four-run second.

The Demons, however, gave themselves an opportunity to get right back into the game.

Chris Sarabia was hit by a pitch from Sandoval to lead off the top of the fourth inning, Tristan Harris walked and, after Sandoval struck out Chase Nieslanik, Sam Carmer walked to load the bases. Reiher then replaced Sandoval on the mound and struck out Steve Romero for the second out.

Pinch hitter Isaac Law followed with a high hopper to the left side of the infield. The ball went off Reiher’s glove, and Sarabia scored on the fielding error to pull the Demons within 4-1.

Luke Ray followed with a groundout to second — the first of 10 consecutive Glenwood batters Reiher retired. Delta, meanwhile, added two-run frames in the fifth and seventh innings to pull away.

Glenwood (7-6, 4-4) hosts a big doubleheader against Eagle Valley on Saturday. The Demons, who are trying to reach the Class 4A state playoffs for the first time in two years, know the importance of Saturday’s twin bill. Glenwood is in fifth place in the WSL standings, and the top three finishers earn automatic berths in the state playoffs.

“I challenged the guys after the game for someone to step up and be that guy who comes through for us,” coach Nieslanik said. “We’re going to have to start winning some games here if we’re going to fulfill that goal of moving on.”

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