Diamond Demons fall to Rams on final home game
Playing their final home game of the season, the Glenwood Demons came up short of victory on Monday afternoon at the Glenwood Middle School field as they were defeated by the visiting Roaring Fork Rams 6-2.
Seniors Stephen Romero, Luke Patch, Peyton Hagemann, Brandon Benzel, Ethan Ryan, Tristen Howe, and Cooper Cornelius took to the home turf one last time under Glenwood Head Coach Eric Nieslanik, with the number one mission for the day being to send the graduating Demons out in style with a win.
Things looked good early for the home team as Glenwood would go up 2-0 after two innings of play. Patch singled to center field in the first inning and scored on a two-out double by Cornelius, as the seniors took center stage giving the Demons a 1-0 lead. Two more seniors continued Glenwood’s momentum in the second frame as Howe got aboard on a throwing error by Roaring Fork second baseman Eli Nickamin. Howe would ultimately end up crossing the plate on a flair single to center by Hagemann as Glenwood put another tally on the outfield scoreboard.
The promising start for the Demons took an unfortunate turn as an error-filled third inning would dig a crater-sized hole that Glenwood would never climb out of.
“We just piled up the errors and walks, and didn’t execute simple plays,” said Glenwood Head Coach Eric Nieslanik. “It made for a long inning.”
The fateful third inning started when Glenwood pitcher Chano Gonzalez walked the Rams’ Axel Palomera. Palomera stole second base, and following an infield hit by Aldo Pinela, would go on to score when Demon first baseman Benzel made a throwing error on a grounder by RF’s Ralph Good. Andrew Broadhurst got on base when his dribbling ground ball died in the infield grass. Ram catcher Dawson Kuhl was hit by an errant Gonzalez pitch, and walks were then issued to Hayden Bernot and Ronnie Petatan. A final Demon throwing miscue allowed Jake Kelley to reach first base on an infield grounder. Before relief pitcher Cornelius was able to get a strikeout and retire the side for Glenwood, the Rams had jumped ahead 5-2.
Roaring Fork wasn’t about to give up the lead as the Rams played solid defense behind the stellar pitching performance of Good. Good pitched 6.2 innings for the visitors from Carbondale and drew high praise from his coach following the contest between valley rivals.
“He (Good) was around the plate all night throwing strikes,” said Roaring Fork Head Coach Martin Madsen. “The defense was very good behind him also.”
Madsen also spoke of the importance of getting a win in a rivalry game.
“We were able to beat Basalt and Aspen earlier in the year, so at that point, we started talking about trying to sweep the valley.”
The Rams added an insurance run in the top half of the sixth inning when Good helped his cause by hitting a single to drive in Kelley, who had started the inning with a single of his own and a theft of second base.
Roaring Fork (7-8, 3-3 WSL) will host Grand Valley today in a Western Slope League contest in Carbondale, while the Demons (7-11, 4-7 WSL) will have a day off before making a short road trip on Wednesday to take on Eagle Valley in a 4A WSL game that will most likely be the Demon’s final contest of the season.
“We need to try and regroup and finish things out strong,” stated Nieslanik.
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