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Glenwood endures a bad day of baseball at Palisade

Phil Sandoval
Palisade Correspondent
Post Independent

GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado ” Saturday was a bad day for Glenwood Springs High School baseball.

It’s the only way how to describe the 9-5 and 14-4 doubleheader losses to Palisade.

And, the worst part about the Demons being swept is that it comes at the worst possible time of the year.

Depending on what happens in Monday’s Palisade-Moffat County twin bill, Glenwood, which concluded 4A Western Slope League play at 8-6 (11-8 overall), could be on the road for the entire postseason.

It’s one of two reasons that makes both losses to the Bulldogs harder for Glenwood to take.

A split of Saturday’s games would have guaranteed the Demons third place ” no matter what the final outcome from Monday’s games.

As unsettling as that thought is, what turns Demon head coach Eric Nieslanik’s stomach more is the team’s play on Saturday.

On all accounts it was like a perfect game in reverse. Nothing worked.

“Palisade beat us in all aspects of the game today,” Nieslanik said. “We couldn’t get anything going offensively. We had too many bad at-bats. We didn’t execute at the plate. And, on defense, we made way too many mistakes. Our defense put us in a situation where it was unsinkable for us.”

On the day, Glenwood made 13 errors ” nine in the opener and four more in the finale.

If that wasn’t bad enough, Jordan Salazar, Palisade’s first-game starting pitcher, took a no-hitter into the fifth inning before Glenwood overcame a 1-0 Bulldog lead by plating four runs.

Unfortunately for the Demons, the defense eradicated the newly gained 4-1 lead with four errors in the bottom of the frame as the main ingredient to a Palisade seven-run rally. The Bulldogs sent 10 batters up before eventual loser Patrick Haley could quash the onslaught.

With the exception of Keenan Hartert’s RBI single that scored Cole Ullom, who doubled to lead off the seventh, Glenwood’s bats were silent.

After being held to eight hits in the opener, the Demon offense improved early in the nightcap.

Mario Gonzalez’s first inning run on Palisade pitcher Mike Seriani’s wild pitch tied the game at 1.

After falling behind 4-1 in the top of the second, the Demons, the home team for the second game, pulled within a run of the Bulldogs on RBIs from Carlos Hernandez and Gonzalez.

The 4-3 deficit was as close as Glenwood could get to Palisade the rest of the afternoon.

Demon errors, again, were part of the unraveling.

A throwing error by pitcher Luke Jacob raised the Bulldogs’ lead to 5-3 in the third. The score remained there until two innings later when Palisade converted a pair of leadoff walks into three runs to go up by five.

The Bulldogs (8-7 overall, 7-5 in the 4A WSL) finished the job the following inning when they scored six more runs.

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