Demons earn split with Moffat County
The Demons got just want they needed in the second game of their doubleheader against Moffat County Saturday.John Faris gave Glenwood’s thin pitching staff a badly-needed shot in the arm when he threw a complete game in the 9-6 victory, which helped alleviate the bad taste of a 7-5 eight-inning defeat in the early contest.”We always say that we play our game no matter what,” said Faris. “We had a tough one (in the first game), and we did what we had to do and we won” the second game.
Faris frustrated the Bulldogs in the first three innings. He faced one hitter over the minimum in a hitless span as Glenwood took a 2-0 lead. With Faris rolling, the Demon hitters put the game on mercy-rule alert by scoring five runs in the fourth.Then the Bulldogs found a chink in the pitcher’s game.Reid Hanneman sparked a two-run rally on a bad-hop triple which eluded Demon outfielders Tim Cashel and Taylor Wilde in the fourth inning. Glenwood responded by getting the runs back the following inning on a booming home run from Jeremy Christner plus an RBI single from Wilde.In the bottom of the fifth, a Faris throwing error to first on a tapper back to the mound resulted in a four-run Bulldog outburst, highlighted by Brad Grinstad’s RBI triple.
But Faris regained his form. “I got really angry and I started throwing the ball harder,” Faris said. “My slider started working well after that, and I hit my spots a little better.”Faris ended the inning with a strikeout. In the sixth and seventh, the Demon pitcher held the Bulldogs to one hit.Game one also went back and forth.
Moffat drew first blood with a solo tally in the first. The Demons knotted the game when baserunner Cory McGrath scored as part of a double steal from third.The Bulldogs took a 4-1 lead in the fourth, which held through the sixth when Glenwood used doubles from Beau Chicoine and Faris along with Dave King’s RBI single for a 4-4 tie.Matt Miller’s eighth-inning error opened the door for Moffat County to take the lead for good. Two walks and a couple of singles later, the Bulldogs had a 7-4 advantage.The split keeps the Demons (7-5 WSL) in the hunt for the final Class 4A playoff berth available to Western Slope League teams. Moffat is the main competition for the final playoff spot at 6-5. Both teams have three league games left on their respective schedules.
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