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Glenwood catches, drops one against Steamboat

Post Independent/Kara K. Pearson

With its pitching on in game one and off in the next, the Glenwood Springs baseball team split a doubleheader with Steamboat Springs on a sunny, 65-degree afternoon Saturday.The doubleheader, which was originally scheduled to be in Steamboat but had to be moved to Glenwood because of weather, went to Glenwood (4-2 Western Slope League) in game one as the Demons won 5-4, and then to Steamboat (3-3 WSL), who picked up a 12-8 victory in game two.In the first contest, Chance Stevens was almost untouchable on the mound through six innings for the Demons, giving up one run on three hits and striking out nine. He also doubled, walked twice and scored two runs to help his own cause.

“I felt pretty good,” Stevens said of his day on the mound. “We are trying as hard as we can to pull together all the wins we can. Our league is not as easy as we thought it would be.”Zach McCullough hammered Glenwood’s first home run of the season in the fourth inning, a solo shot to right field that put the Demons up 3-1.”It was good that Chance was on because it was a game that was very close at the end,” said Glenwood head coach Eric Nieslanik. “It could have gone either way, and he was definitely the deciding factor. Zach hit a home run that got us going and we battled. We made some mistakes, but luckily Chance was able to hang on for us.”Ahead 5-1 going into the seventh inning, Nieslanik replaced Stevens with Boyd Milhorn who loaded the bases after giving up a single to Andrew Kylas, hitting Aaron Hornstein with a pitch and walking Jeff Truslow. Elliot Girard then smacked a single into right-center to score two runs. Milhorn struck out the next batter, but Sailor Nick Grant hit an RBI single on the following at bat to pull Steamboat within one.

Glenwood then put in Beau Chicoine, who struck out Taylor Anderson and got the save for the Demons.In game two, the lead went back-and-forth like a ball in a pinball machine, with five lead changes and two ties. Glenwood sent nine batters to the plate in the first inning, with Milhorn connecting for a two-run single and McCullough picking up another RBI. The Sailors came right back in the same inning, with five hits, including a two-run double by Truslow.Glenwood scored eight runs in the first three innings, forcing Steamboat to take out starter Graham Hogrefell and put in Kylas. The sophomore shut the Demons down for the remainder of the game, holding Glenwood to two hits, walking only two batters and preventing the Demons from scoring again.

“He hasn’t pitched much this year, but I knew he could do it,” said Sailor head coach Dave Roy. “I have a lot of confidence, and he did a good job of keeping the Demons off balance, and he threw a lot of strikes.”Steamboat, on the other hand, kept on hitting. The Sailors scored two in the fourth inning to tie the game at eight and then tore the Demons apart in the sixth inning. Zach Savage got on base after a dropped third strike, opening up a huge Steamboat inning where the Sailors hit two singles and scored four runs with the help of two other Demon errors. Chicoine, who started the game, gave up all 12 runs and 14 hits. He struck out five, but could have had three more if not for dropped third strikes.”Today wasn’t Beau’s day – they had him pretty good. Beau was struggling all day long, but he battled and at least got us in a position where we could have won,” Nieslanik said. “We are just making some mistakes right now and not executing. Those little things are adding up, and they had chances, and they took advantage of them.”

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