Demons, Roaring Fork roll to easy victories
The Glenwood Springs High School baseball team ran its winning streak to four games with a pair of decisive 5-inning victories over Class 4A Western Slope League foe Battle Mountain Thursday afternoon.
The Demons shelled the Huskies 20-4 in the first game and continued the onslaught with an 18-1 victory in the nightcap.
Relatively speaking, the opening game remained close until the fourth inning.
Leading 7-1 in the bottom of the fourth, Glenwood went through its batting order twice and scored 13 runs.
“We got a little more patient at the plate,” Demon coach Mike Laster said. “In the bottom of the third I told them to be patient, sit back and wait for the ball. In the beginning we were swinging too hard and popping up a bit.
Tiernan Conway led the offensive assault, finishing 2-for-2 with six RBIs. Andrew Blake and Brock Milhorn went 3-for-3 and 2-for-2, both driving in three runs.
Justin Jerome earned the pitching victory. While he had a big cushion, it was still a solid performance, as the senior gave up two earned runs and struck out five.
The second game didn’t get any better for the Huskies.
The contest was a makeup for Tuesday’s postponed game in Battle Mountain, so the Demons played as the visitors.
Glenwood’s leadoff hitter, Brian Raymond, hit a homer to open the game and Glenwood never looked back.
Raymond was a triple short of hitting for the cycle, going 4-for-4 with the homer and a double.
Glenwood’s Jeremy Ureche was also a triple short of the cycle, posting hitting stats identical to Raymond.
Blake also went yard in the game and Tom Suazo was 3-for-4 on the day.
Sophomore Paul Huttenhower, who didn’t walk a batter, earned the victory in the second game with Blake coming in for some work in the fifth inning.
“I still think we’re progressing and improving and there’s still a long way to go,” Laster said. “One nice thing about it, along with some wins comes some confidence, and when these boys play with confidence they play pretty well.”
Glenwood travels to Palisade for a doubleheader at Canyon View on Saturday
Roaring Fork 13, Aspen 3
CARBONDALE – Jake Boyle continues to frustrate the Aspen baseball team.
The junior, who pitched a mercy-rule no-hitter over the Skiers in both team’s Western Slope League opener in March, had a strong day from the plate in Thursday’s rematch here at Patch Memorial Field.
Boyle hit a pair of two-run homers and a double to pace Roaring Fork a a 13-3 rout, halted in the fifth inning.
Four of the Rams’ nine hits were home runs. Miseal Fernandez hit a solo dinger in the third inning and Chad Minor popped a two-run blast in the fifth.
Omar Marcino, in his first varsity start, earned the win.
The Ram starter held Aspen to four singles in four innings, allowing one run with six strikeouts. Dan Markoya entered in the fifth to wrap up the contest.
Roaring Fork 13, Aspen 3
Aspen 100 00- 1 4 1
Roaring Fork 331 24-13 9 1
Nick Farrell, Pete MacKellar (3) and Brock Strausman; Omar Marcino, Dan Maryoka (5) and Quinn Garvik.
ASPEN – Matt Fox 0-3, Nick Farrell 0-2, Pat Faurer 1-3, Josh Lackey 1-2, Pete Mac Kellar 2-2, Steve White 0-3, Carter Budwell 0-1, Will Moore 0-2, Brock Strausman 0-2, Dusty Stutsman 0-2.
ROARING FORK – Ben Wright 1-2, Chad Minor 2-4 (HR, 2B), Dan Markoya 1-2, Jake Boyle 3-3 (2-HR, 2B), Quinn Garvik 1-3 (2B), Jake Bowman 0-3, Miseal Fernandez 1-3 (HR), Casey Griffith 0-2, Nate Cheney 0-2.
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