Glenwood splits doubleheader with Palisade
GRAND JUNCTION Glenwood Springs stayed even in league standings after splitting a doubleheader with Palisade on Saturday.The Demons (6-4, Class 4A Western Slope League, 8-5 overall) won game two, 6-5, in eight innings after dropping the opener, 7-6, in the 10th inning.”To come down here where we are and where we sit in league and split with a team that leads the league is huge for us,” said Glenwood coach Eric Nieslanik.What’s too bad is the Demons had opportunities to win both games.”We were walking away now thinking we could have taken the first one,” he said. “But we’re happy with the split.”In the first game, Glenwood scored four runs in the sixth inning, overtaking the Bulldogs, who had taken a 1-0 lead back in the third.The Demons lost that lead a half-inning later when Palisade scored three times for a 4-all tie. Two innings later, a Barrett Jensen single scored Dave King and Chance Stevens. By that time, Glenwood’s ace pitcher Beau Chicoine was spent.After Chicoine had thrown 130 pitches, the Bulldogs began to time his waning fast ball for base hits. With one out, Travis Del Moral whacked a stand-up triple to the left-center field gap, and an infield error by King allowed Del Moral to score.With the score tied at 6-6, Chicoine was removed for a fresh arm belonging to sophomore Patrick Hailey. The youngster appeared to do his job, forcing pinch hitter Lane Combs into a tap in front of the plate. But Jensen’s throw was late. The play loaded the bases.Leeve Krabbe ended the marathon with a run-scoring single to right.Right field was also the stage for Glenwood’s 6-5 eight inning comeback win in game two.Jesse Kirstatter’s muff of a Chad Sommers short fly allowed courtesy runner Michael Hudson to score from second. Prior to the extra inning dramatics, the Demons led by as many as two runs, twice.Extra base hits by Chicoine and Jensen allowed Glenwood to take a 3-1 lead in the first. Palisade rallied back to a 3-3 tie in the fourth. Designated hitter Nate Forristall raised Glenwood’s lead to 5-3 with a long, solo home run over the left field fence.In other WSL baseball, Rifle split a doubleheader with Delta, falling 4-3 in game one and winning 3-2 in game two at Delta. Zach Whitmore led the Bears with four hits and one run, while Asa Fix chipped in two hits and two runs.Grand Valley picked up a sweep over Moffat County’s junior varsity team, winning both games of a doubleheader by invoking the 10-run rule, with scores of 14-0 and 15-2.
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