Glenwood baseball season comes to the end of its trail
Loose defense and timely hitting by Cherokee Trail was enough to end Glenwood Springs’ baseball season Saturday.The 19-1 Cougars used both elements to score four runs in the first inning and give starter Tim Moore enough of a cushion to put the Demons (13-7) in trouble. Then the junior did the rest. Moore limited Glenwood to two hits, both by senior Boyd Milhorn, striking out 12 in a 5-0 win that advanced Cherokee Trail to the championship game of the Class 4A regional tournament, where a win earns a berth to next week’s double-elimination 4A state playoffs.Great stuff for the host Cougars, who added a run in the second for the final score. And disappointment for the Demons, who earned their first playoff appearance in three seasons by winning back-to-back league doubleheaders against Eagle Valley and Battle Mountain.Chicoine, who went the distance for Glenwood, didn’t have a bad outing. The junior gave up only three base hits – all singles – to Cherokee Trail. But his defense, at least in the early innings, failed to give Chicoine any support.Taking advantage of a pair of infield errors, three of the Cougars’ five runs were unearned.As the game progressed, Chicoine found his rhythm, retiring 12 straight hitters from the fourth to the sixth innings.In their half of the fourth, sparked by Milhorn’s two-out double, the Demons had a possible rally going when Moore hit batter Jeremy Christner with a pitch to put men on first and second.Moore stopped the uprising by striking out Matt Miller to end the threat.The Demons loaded the bases in the seventh, then left all three runners stranded when Tim Cashel struck out, ending the game.
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