Glenwood baseball team tops Battle Mountain
The Glenwood Springs baseball team made itself at home in Battle Mountain’s home opener, defeating the Huskies 17-7 in six innings.
The win kept the Demons in the mix of things in the 4A Western Slope League with a 5-2 league mark and a 6-6 overall record, while Battle Mountain’s woes (1-7, 1-13) continued.
Despite vastly different records coming into Wednesday’s contest, it was clear that the Demons didn’t take the Huskies lightly.
“You just have to come out and tell your kids that we have to play baseball,” Glenwood coach Mike Wilde said.
“We needed to get good work out of our pitcher today. He struggled in the second inning and got us into a place where we didn’t want to be. But we came back and hit the ball and we played pretty decent defense.”
Glenwood starter Andrew Blake struggled briefly in the second inning but settled in nicely to go the distance, striking out six. Meanwhile, the Demons’ bats started to heat up, starting with a two-run homer to left from shortstop Justin Jerome, who finished the day with four runs-batted-in.
“We haven’t hit but three home runs all year,” Wilde said. “So we’re not a power-hitting ball club. We’re a percentage-hitting ball club. Every once in a while we’ll get a hold of one and that happened today.”
Down 3-2 after two innings, the Demons took control of things with three runs in each of the next three innings. Highlights of those rallies included an RBI single from Roberto Olivas in the second and four RBI (a single and a double) from Jeremy Ureche in the fourth and the fifth innings.
Glenwood blew it open in the sixth with a six-spot to make it 17-3. In that inning the Huskies made two errors – they had five on the day – and other assorted mental miscues.
“We catch the ball here, a ball there and they don’t score 17 runs and it’s a 7-7, 8-7, 7-6 ballgame,” Huskies coach Colin Faherty said. “It’s the story of our season. It’s just little concentration things that we just don’t do.”
Things got off to a promising start for the Huskies in the second inning when Ryan Schnell and Garrett Duncan walked to open the inning. Matt Bortz, Chris Romero and Eugene Trujillo followed with RBI singles and Battle Mountain led 3-2.
The Huskies nearly extended the game to the full seven innings with a four-run rally in the sixth.
With Julio Hermosillo already pushed across, Trujillo drove in Romero. Trujillo and Eddie Irgens later scored on a single from designated hitter Junior Martinez, making it 17-7. But the rally fizzled when Jimmy Feeney grounded to Blake and Schnell flied to left.
In the statistical department for Glenwood, Blake had a good day at the plate as well as on the mound. He went 2-for-2 and helped his cause with four runs. Third baseman Josh Russo went 1-for-3 with three runs. Ureche finished 2-for-4 with four RBI, while Olivas went 3-for-5 with two RBI.
“I think Jeremy Ureche had a good game at the plate,” Wilde said. “Andrew Blake, once he settled in on the mound, did a good job. All the way, top to bottom, every single kid produced a run or a hit or something. I like to see that. I think every kid scored today.”
For Battle Mountain, Trujillo led the way with two hits and two RBI.
Both teams return to action today with nonconference games. Glenwood heads to the Eagle County Fairgrounds for a 4 p.m. tilt with Eagle Valley, while the Huskies host Basalt in Eagle-Vail.
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