Demons sweep doubleheader
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. The weather may have been indecisive, with rain, sun and hail alternating throughout, but Glenwood’s dominance over the Huskies never faltered. On a revamped field at Glenwood Middle School, the Glenwood Springs baseball team started its 2007 Western Slope Season on a winning note, sweeping a double header against Battle Mountain on Wednesday.The Demons (4-1 overall, 2-0 WSL) shut out Battle Mountain (0-2 overall and WSL) in both games, winning each by a score of 10-0.Beau Chicoine and Chance Stevens picked up the wins on the mound, allowing the Huskies only one hit all day. The duo also combined for 15 strikeouts in the two 5-inning, 10-run-rule contests.
“Starting pitching was fantastic. Both Beau and Chance did a really nice job today,” said Glenwood head coach Eric Nieslanik. “Anytime you can have those guys consistently keep you in it, it makes it a lot easier. The defense doesn’t have to make a lot of plays, and the offense, you can get it going pretty well.”The one through three hitters, Tim Cashel, Dave King and Chicoine, led the way for Glenwood, totaling 13 hits, 10 RBIs and nine runs. “They did really well,” Nieslanik said of the trio. “They got some good pitches and hit the ball hard. Timmy hit the ball hard a couple times.”Leadoff man Cashel went 5-for-7, scoring three runs and hitting a homer to left-center field to start the second game. King went 4-for-4, driving in four runs, scoring another four. He also hit a triple and walked twice. Chicoine smacked a two-run homer to right field, scored another run and hit an RBI single in game one, before picking up two more hits and getting the game-two-ending RBI when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
“It felt pretty decent,” Chicoine said of his home run. “I have been working on my swing all week.”In the first game, the Huskies, who only had 10 players on hand for the games, didn’t help themselves in the second inning when pitcher Mitch Hendrix walked four straight batters and three runs scored on wild pitches. Five of the Demons’ runs came on pitches that flew past catcher Zach Domineco to the backstop. “This is only the third day we have ever been outside and this is the first day our pitchers have ever thrown to a hitter,” said Battle Mountain head coach Jason Spannagel of his team’s limited ability to play because of snow on its field.After a hail/rain delay that lasted over an hour, the game resumed and Stevens struck out eight of the first 10 batters he faced.
The Demons went up 6-0 going into the fifth inning before Battle Mountain pitcher Derek Byron walked four batters, hit another and gave up an RBI single to Cashel to help Glenwood close out the sweep. Thanks to thousands of donated dollars and hundreds of volunteer hours, the Demons’ field now features a grass infield, a new pitchers mound, new dirt and an improved drainage system.”I felt good on the mound, with the new mound and the new field,” Chicoine said. “The field is real nice. It slows the ball a lot.”Glenwood will host the Summit Tigers in a non-league double header on Saturday, when the field will be officially presented to the team and fans. The first game is slated for 11 a.m.
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