Geckos pound Eagles, win 9th straight game
As the summer temperatures continue to heat up in the valley, so to do the Glenwood Geckos Mountain West Summer Collegiate Baseball League team.
Competing as one of six teams from Summit to Grand Junction, the Geckos continue to roll through the six-week schedule, this time running roughshod over the visiting Eagle Valley Eagles, Saturday, at Ron Patch Memorial Field in Carbondale, sweeping the Eagles in an afternoon doubleheader, 6-2 and 13-3.
With the doubleheader sweep the Geckos have now run off nine straight wins after dropping their first game of the season. Sitting at 9-1, the Geckos are now in first place in the MWSCBL.
In the game one win the Geckos scored one run in the first and second innings before exploding for four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to pull away from the Eagles.
Kicking things off for the Geckos in the bottom of the first was former Roaring Fork standout, Tanner Nieslanik, who drew a base on balls before scoring two batters later on a single by Caden Goldby.
Jacob Anderson then started things off with a base on balls to lead off the bottom of the second inning before scoring on a single by Garrett Myers to make it 2-0 Glenwood two innings into the game.
After two quiet innings at the plate while nursing a 2-0 lead, the Geckos caught fire in the bottom of the fifth, scoring four runs thanks to a lead-off double from Blake Billinger and three straight singles from Caden Goldby, Cooper Goldby and Anthony Rosario to seal the win.
On the mound, Trask Telesmanich pitched a complete game for the win, allowing 10 hits while striking out three, walking two and allowing just one earned run.
In game two the Geckos again raced out to an early lead, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first inning to take a 2-1 lead as Myers reached base to lead off the inning on an E6 before Billinger reached second base on a fielders choice error as the Eagle Valley third baseman fielded the sharply hit groundball and fired home looking to nail Myers at the plate. Fortunately for the Geckos the throw glanced off the catcher’s glove, allowing the run to score and putting another runner in scoring position with just one out in the inning.
Billinger then scored on a groundout by Caden Goldby to make it 2-1.
Tied 2-2 heading into bottom of the third inning, the Glenwood offense exploded for 10 runs, including four homeruns — both of which were back-to-back jacks from Billinger and Caden Goldby and Tanner Nieslanik and Billinger again.
Nieslanik led off the inning with a single before Billinger blasted a 3-0 pitch over the fence in left-center, giving the Geckos a 4-2 lead. Caden Goldby then hit one to right-center, making it 5-2 before the Eagles even knew what hit them.
Following Goldby’s homer, Tate Spivey lined a single up the middle and Joey Mederios followed with a double as the bats continued to produce for Glenwood.
Tyler Redecki then reached on a base on balls before Brian Magana ripped an RBI double over the right fielders head, sparking the route.
Nieslanik and Billinger then went back-to-back later in the inning to cap off the scoring in the inning.
On the mound in game two, Jake McAvoy picked up the complete-game win in the shortened game due to the 10-run rule. McAvoy allowed eight hits while striking out three and allowing just three runs.
Glenwood will enjoy two days off before getting back to work Tuesday at noon against Steamboat Springs at Ron Patch Memorial Field in Carbondale.
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