Demons take two from Huskies
Baseball can be a cruel game.
In Tuesday’s Glenwood-Battle Mountain game, Demon starting pitcher Beau Chicoine finished with nine strikeouts and threw a four-hitter against Battle Mountain. And Huskies starter Jose Morales held the Demons to a pair of scattered singles.
But neither pitcher will get much recognition for Glenwood’s 6-5 win over Battle Mountain.
What will be remembered is the lack of defense both teams displayed.
First, the teams completed last Saturday’s weather-postponed contest, playing the last four innings to a Demon 14-6 win.
The two victories broke a Demon seven-game losing streak.
The Huskies’ bad luck continued in game two, when they committed eight errors.
Glenwood (3-4 Western Slope League, 3-8 overall) only committed two errors, but some early poor play gave Battle Mountain a 4-1 lead until the Demons took the lead for good in the fourth inning.
The Huskies three-run rally broke a one-all tie in the second.
The rally started when Glenwood infielders Chance Stevens and Nick Zambelli failed to cover second base on Huskie baserunner Jimmy Fenney’s steal of the bag. Instead of going to the bag for catcher Ryan Millyard’s throw, Stevens and Zambelli looked at each other to see who would take the catcher’s toss.
A Huskie single followed. Then, aided by a Demon passed ball, Battle Mountain got their first run of the inning. The second run came over when Huskie Fran Saucedo singled home Christian Naugel.
Saucedo scored a play later when Jeremy Christner, after snaring batter Mitch Henrick’s groundball, couldn’t decide what to do.
Facing with recording the second out of the inning at first or trying to nail Saucedo at home, Christner pulled up after making the grab, looked at first, started running over to the bag ” then pulled up and threw late to Millyard as Saucedo raced in without the Demons making a play.
“We got off to a bad start and made some early mental mistakes and some errors,” said Glenwood coach Norm Bolitho. “But we held in there, settled down, stopped making mistakes and started chipping away.”
Battle Mountain provided the Demons the chisel with errant throws an inning later.
Taylor Wilde had the only Demon hit in a four-run, two-out rally, set up by three Huskies’ errors, three walks, a passed ball and a well-timed double steal.
John Faris steal of home on a slumbering Huskie defense after Boyd Milhorn stole second forced a four-all tie.
“I was a little surprised they threw the ball,” Bolitho said. “Their catcher in the second game didn’t have as strong an arm. The minute the ball passed the pitcher, we knew that we’d get (Faris) home from third.”
The play energized Chicoine.
The freshman tossed the first of four straight shutout innings in the fourth. In the bottom of the inning, Chicone’s teammates responded by taking the lead.
Errors played a key role in Glenwood’s taking a 5-4 advantage.
Ryan Millyard worked his way to third on a dropped throw by Fenney, the Huskies’ first baseman, and two wild throws that followed.
Wilde, the Demons next batter, hit a twisting high pop fly just beyond the infield, forcing Battle Mountain second baseman Thomas Pacheco to retreat toward the outfield grass.
Pacheco caught the ball, but forgot about Millyard, who promptly tagged up on the play and scored the winning run, beating Pacheco’s late throw home with no problem.
Chicoine slammed the door shut, retiring Battle Mountain’s last six hitters in a row in the remaining two innings.
“Beau’s been in some games where we’ve let him down defensively,” said Bolitho. “Today, he was in that position to where he’d have a lead, he would take over. At the end, you saw that come out in him. I think those fast balls he threw at the end were the fastest pitches he threw all day.”
Chicoine finished the game by striking out Morales, his third strikeout in the last two innings.
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