Demons swing big bats against Eagle Valley
By the end of the game, Boyd Milhorn had his home-run trot down – probably because he did it three times in one game.The senior third baseman was the star of the slugfest put on by the Glenwood Springs baseball team as the Demons scored 33 runs in Saturday’s doubleheader to sweep Eagle Valley.Milhorn hit three three-run homers in the second game, which the Demons won 19-10, and they just kept sailing farther and farther over the left-field fence each time he did it.
After smacking the first two shots, Milhorn said he was just looking for a good pitch when he hit his third.”I was just waiting for a strike,” Milhorn said. “I was ahead 3-1, and I saw that fastball and just took it.”He totaled 10 RBIs on the day and scored six of his own and had six hits in Glenwood’s final home game of the season.”I’ll always remember this,” Milhorn said. “It was the coolest game I ever played.”
Milhorn wasn’t the only Demon to go long on Saturday: Chance Stevens hit two homers and Matt Miller and Beau Chicoine each added another. The Demons, who had only hit four home runs total on the season before Saturday, impressed their coach with their offense. “What a day – what a day for us. They did a good job swinging the bats – that ball was really flying,” said Glenwood head coach Eric Nieslanik. “Boyd had a great day, Matt Miller had a great day, Chance Stevens really stepped it up offensively and did a fantastic job. We had some great hits and some big hits when we had situations. Seemed like we got great hits all day long – all through the lineup.”Miller, who had three RBIs going into the doubleheader, drove in eight in both games, totaling four hits and scoring three more runs. Stevens, who got the complete-game win with nine strike outs in the second contest, hit two doubles to go with his two homers, recorded seven RBIs and scored seven runs on the day.In game two, Eagle Valley scored seven runs in the first two innings and took a 7-5 lead into the fourth inning. But Milhorn hit one of his homers to add three runs for the Demons in the fourth inning before the Demons scored six more in the fifth to gain a lead they never lost.
“We had a shot. We were hitting the ball well off (Stevens),” said Eagle Valley head coach Ralph Carlson. “Then we kinda lost a little bit of momentum, and Glenwood Springs kept up the momentum.”The Demons took the first game 14-3 in a fifth-inning, 10-run mercy rule victory. Chicoine pitched the win, striking out eight and giving up three runs on five hits in five innings. Glenwood scored five runs in the first inning and six in the second, and homers by Stevens and Chicoine in the third put the Demons on top for good. With the wins, Glenwood (6-6 Western Slope League, 10-7 overall) has positioned itself to possibly be the third and final seed to make the playoffs from the WSL. But the Demons will have to beat Battle Mountain (0-12, 0-15) in both games of their doubleheader on Monday to secure the spot.”We just want to keep rolling with our momentum and take it into the playoffs and see how deep we can get,” Milhorn said. “I definitely think we’ve got a good team.”
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