Demons looking to ‘compete consistently’ on diamond this year |

Demons looking to ‘compete consistently’ on diamond this year

Last season didn’t go as well as planned for the Glenwood Springs Demons baseball team, as consistency issues popped up time and time again for a young team trying to figure out how to compete in the 4A Western Slope League.

Now that a full year has passed and the young players are a year older, the Demons are looking to correct their consistency issues, allowing them to compete with the top teams in the 4A WSL game-to-game.

“We’ve been hit-and-miss where we’ve competed against some of the top teams in our league,” Glenwood head coach Eric Nieslanik said. “Last year we were able to beat Palisade, which won our league last year, but then we’ve fallen short in other games where we should have competed at a consistent level.”

Looking to build off of a 6-13 season overall, the Demons will rely heavily on a junior group led by Stephen Romero and Cooper Cornelius, each of whom played large roles for Glenwood last season. Now that they’ve had an extra year of experience to put under their belts, much is expected from the junior group.

“That junior group is all about leadership; they’re really stepping up,” Nieslanik said. “They’re focused and driven on getting to the point where we can compete consistently in this league.”

Head Coach: Eric Nieslanik, 10th year

Last Season: 6-13 (4-10 4A WSL)

Key Returning Starters: Stephen Romero, junior, middle infielder/pitcher; Cooper Cornelius, junior, catcher; Kyle LaCouture, senior, pitcher/utility player; Colin Brown, senior, pitcher

Players to Watch: Brandon Benzel, junior, first baseman; Peyton Hagemann, junior, outfielder; Eason Gaddis, junior, infielder; Sebastian Gonzales, sophomore, middle infielder/pitcher; Davis Deaton, sophomore, pitcher

2016 season outlook: With another tough schedule in front of them, the Demons are going to have to rely heavily on a solid group of juniors that should carry a heavy load offensively this year, led by Romero and Cornelius. If they’re able to compete on a consistent basis, Glenwood should be able to jump into the top five in the league standings.

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