Demons split in opener
GSPI Sports Editor
The Glenwood Springs baseball team got its season off to a solid start on Saturday, but couldn’t keep the momentum through the entire doubleheader against Steamboat Springs.
The Demons rolled to a 17-6 victory in the opening game of the year, but fell 9-7 in extra innings in the second contest.
“We played well and hit the ball well in the first game. We didn’t make too many mistakes,” Glenwood coach Norm Bolitho said. “(Pitcher Paul) Huttenhower did a good job on the mound.”
Huttenhower pitched six innings and allowed six hits. Of the six runs only two were earned.
Offensively, every batter got at least one hit as the Demons hit over .500 as a team.
Leadoff hitter Beau Chicione and Taylor Wilde led the way, both going 4-for-6 with two RBIs. Boyd Milhorn was 2-for-4 with a triple and a trio of RBIs.
In the second game, Steamboat rallied from a run down with two outs to knot the game in the top of the seventh inning.
Glenwood had a chance to close out the game twice, but a missed pop fly to shallow center field allowed a Steamboat runner on base, and the Sailors tied the game on the following at-bat when Nick Hughes’ grounder took a tough hop over second baseman Chance Stevens to score a runner and even the game at 5-all.
Steamboat exploded in the eighth.
Nick Means opened the top of the frame with an infield single. Pinch runner Richard Sauer advanced to third when Sauer broke for a steal too early in an attempt to take second, but pitcher Chicione missed the throw to second and Sauer advanced to third.
After a hit batter, Brian Aragon put a single through the left side that scored Sauer and ended a solid day of work by Chicione.
With Stevens replacing Chicione, Tyler Fosdick drove an RBI double to the center-field fence. Chuck Cogburn picked up a pair of RBIs on the next at-bat with a single before Stevens retired the next three batters.
Glenwood cut the margin to 7-9 in the bottom of the frame but didn’t have enough outs to complete the rally.
The Demons squandered opportunities to put the game out of reach early.
Glenwood left men on base in all of the first six innings, including two in the first and third and bases loaded in the fifth. The Demons also made a few baserunning errors that are typical in the early season.
“We had way too many mistakes on the base path,” Bolitho said. “In three different innings we took ourselves out with mistakes.”
Chicione had a solid outing in his first high school action on the mound, but, at times, the freshman didn’t get much defensive support.
“I was disappointed with our defense. I know we’re a better defensive team than we were in the second game,” Bolitho said.
“I thought the pitchers did really well,” he added. “We just need to convert some of those ground balls into outs.”
The Demons host Roaring Fork in a nonleague game Tuesday at 4 p.m.
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