Demons split doubleheader with Bulldogs
They let a 3-1 lead slip away in the first game, but put up enough runs in the second to deny any chance of a Palisade comeback as the Glenwood Demons split a doubleheader with the Bulldogs at Glenwood Middle School on Saturday.Down 3-1 after five innings in the first game, Palisade busted out a 5-run rally that included three doubles and a Demon fielding error to pull ahead 6-3. “They had that one inning on us,” Glenwood head coach Eric Nieslanik said of the Bulldogs. “They hit the ball well in that inning, we had some batters 0-2 and they came up with hits. We had that one error and that really kind of opened up the flood gates. They just executed. Take away that one inning, and we’re right there.”Glenwood (4-1 overall, 2-1 Western Slope League) then hit into a double play in the sixth inning and another in the seventh to seal the deal for the Bulldogs.
Chance Stevens took the loss, throwing four strikeouts and giving up two walks and five earned runs in seven innings. Cory Swetnam earned the victory for Palisade, allowing two earned runs and fanning two in a complete-game performance. Dave King and Barrett Jensen each scored one run and drove in a run while Zach McCullough knocked in the other Demon run. Bulldog Jesse Widegren smacked two hits, had two RBIs, scored two more runs and had one walk.In the second game, Glenwood scored at least one run in each of the first five innings, but stranded 17 base runners and ended three innings with the bases loaded. “The kids hit the ball well. We had base runners all day, we just never capitalized,” Nieslanik said. “We never had that big hit. We hit the ball well, we just never could break it open, and we had many, many chances.”
Glenwood got out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning, then stroked four straight singles to score two more in the second, and Connor Jackson hit an RBI double in the third to put Glenwood up 5-0.In the fourth, Palisade got on the board, hitting four singles and scoring three runs before a Chicoine-to-Jensen-to-Ryan Blake double play retired the side. Glenwood scored two runs in each of the final two innings to secure the 9-3 win.With usual Demon leadoff hitter Jeremy Christner in Mexico for spring break, freshman Matt Seaver took over the No. 1 spot and filled it well. In his first-ever varsity at bat, Seaver nailed a double and later hit another single, walked and scored a run. “He did a great job. He put the ball into play,” Nieslanik said of Seaver. “He stepped in as a freshman in his first varsity game and hits a double in the gap. It’s kind of an idea of what he is going to be – he’s going to be a great kid for us.”
Chicoine (2-0) pitched the win for Glenwood, going all seven innings and striking out four. He also hit a double and scored three runs at the plate.”Beau pitched fantastic for us. He kept them off balance all game,” Nieslanik said. “And some good defense helped him out.”Leevi Krabe took the loss for Palisade, giving up four runs in just under two innings.”Over all, we did well today. We made a lot of mental mistakes on the base paths and just fundamental, basic things that we didn’t do well today,” Nieslanik said. “But overall, a split today with Palisade, we can’t complain.”
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