Demons show progress in pair of loses
MONTROSE – Progress of a team is not always measured against the scoreboard.
Glenwood Springs coach Mike Laster stressed that point to the Demons baseball team in its postgame meeting after Saturday’s 11-7 Lloyd McMillian Tournament loss to Emery, Utah, at Montrose High School.
“I was real happy. We’ve shown a lot of over the past two weeks and we’re moving in the right direction,” Laster said of the Demons, who fell to 0-3 on back-to-back tournament losses to Carbon, Utah on Friday and Emery.
In Friday’s 8-4 loss to Carbon, senior Brock Milhorn’s second-inning home run put Glenwood up 2-0. The Demons held the lead until the bottom of the fourth when Carbon erased a 3-2 lead with a six-run rally.
Troy Grundy’s two-run double and Garrett Schwitz’s two-run homer were the keys hits in the rally.
Milhorn, Michael Hoban and Justin Jerome each had two hits for Glenwood in the game.
On Saturday, the Demons overcame a four-run deficit, but couldn’t complete the rally.
Glenwood came back for a short-lived 6-5 lead in the sixth inning thanks to a three-run rally sparked by RBI doubles from Milhorn and Jerome.
Milhorn extra-base hit scored Jeremy Ureche, who opened the inning with a leadoff single, from second base. Jerome’s blast accounted for the Demons’ other runs.
Earlier, Glenwood scored solo tallies in the fourth and fifth to get close.
The Demons lead was undone in the bottom of the sixth by fielding errors.
Glenwood first baseman John Faris dropped catcher Ryan Millyard’s throw after a dropped third strike on Emery leadoff batter Chandler Tanner. Emery regained the lead a couple of hitters later when Thomas Suazo’s attempted forceout throw to second was too low for shortstop Tiernan Conway.
Tanner scored on the miscue to start a six-run Emery outburst.
“In the sixth inning we had some bad breaks,” Laster said. “Emery had some well-placed shots and a beautiful bunt to load the bases- that put them in a good spot.”
Despite Glenwood giving the Utah team a scare with a quick score in the seventh, Emery’s lead held up.
Ureche and Milhorn had six of the Demons 11 hits in Saturday’s game. Jerome, Glenwood’s starting pitcher had two hits in three at bats with three RBIs.
Laster said he was pleased the way the Demons has come together.
“Our hitting’s coming around quicker than I anticipated. I’m excited about that.”
Unfortunately, Glenwood’s offensive improvement might be slowed by spring break. The Demons next game is 10 days away. When the Demons return, they start Western Slope League play on the diamond at Glenwood Springs Middle School against Delta.
Friday – Carbon, Utah 8, Glenwood 4
Glenwood 020 100 1-4 10 2
Carbon, Utah 002 600 x-8 9 0
Tiernan Conway and Ryan Millyard; Jamel Lewis and Jan Jorgenson.
GLENWOOD – Michael Hoban 2-4 (2B), Tiernan Conway 0-3, Paul Huttenhower 0-1, John Faris 1-3, Jeremy Ureche 0-3, Andrew Blake 0-3, Brock Milhorn 2-3 (HR), Justin Jerome 2-3, Thomas Suazo 1-3, Brian Raymond 2-3.
CARBON – Chris Hatch 0-3, Jamal Lewis 0-3, Jan Jorgenson 1-3, Tommy Larsen 1-3, Joe Via 0-2, Mike Smith 0-2, Troy Grundy 1-3 (2B), Garrett Schwitz 3-3 (2B, HR), Chase Julian 1-3 (3B).
Emery, Utah 11, Glenwood Springs 7
Glenwood 010 113 1-7 11 3
Emery, Utah 320 006 x-11 10 3
Justin Jerome, John Faris (6) and Ryan Millyard; Landon Watson, Tyrel Bennett (6), Chandler Pearson (7) and Chandler Tanner.
GLENWOOD – Michael Hoban 1-4, Tiernan Conway 1-4, John Faris 1-4, Jeremy Ureche 3-3 (2B), Brock Milhorn 3-4 (2B), Thomas Suazo 0-2, Justin Jerome 2-3, Ryan Millyard 0-4, Brian Raymond 0-3.
EMERY – Jake Swenson 2-4, Seth Powell 1-3, Beau Jeffs 1-3, Chandler Pearson 1-3, Landon Watson 1-4, Brandon Hansen 2-4, Tyrel Bennett 1-4 (2B), Chandler Tanner 1-4, Kadin Wilson 0-2.
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