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Glenwood Springs pitchers key in sweep of Steamboat Springs

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Not only did they win their games on the mound, but Glenwood Springs starting pitchers Patrick Hailey and Luke Jacob pitched in at the plate in Saturday’s doubleheader sweep of Steamboat Springs.

Hailey cleared the bags with a bases-loaded triple in the sixth inning to give the Demons the lead late in the opener, and Jacob bashed a three-run homer to give Glenwood an early edge in the nightcap.

The fruits of their labor: 6-4 and 10-7 wins and a sweep of the visiting Sailors.



“Those two boys definitely carried us,” Glenwood Springs coach Eric Nieslanik said. “Pat had a complete-game win in the first game. Luke went five innings in the second game. We were able to hold the lead for them.”

Hailey struck out five and allowed seven hits in his complete-game effort. Jacob went 51⁄3 innings and pitched out of trouble all day to earn his win.



Glenwood actually trailed 4-1 against Steamboat ace Alex Wood in the opener before a five-run sixth inning turned the tide in the Demons’ favor. Hailey’s two-bagger gave Glenwood a 5-4 lead.

Wood had a two-hitter brewing up to that point and finished the day having thrown 132 pitches.

In the second game, the Demons jumped out to a big lead early. Jacob’s homer put the hosts on top 3-0, a lead Glenwood extended to 5-0 with a two-run double by Hailey in the fifth.

Steamboat rallied, though, with Wood cracking a three-run homer in the bottom of the inning to make it 5-3.

But the Demons tacked on a few insurance runs, and Matt Seaver held the Sailors off over the final 12⁄3 innings. The game ended with a backhanded grab in the gap by Jacob, who moved to center field after leaving the mound. A subsequent relay to second polished off a double play ” and a Glenwood victory.

Hailey finished the day 3-for-7 with five RBIs.

Garrett Hatch, who’s been Glenwood’s hottest hitter so far this season, had four hits in six Saturday trips to the plate. He is now hitting .640 (16-for-25) in 2009.

The Demons improved to 4-3 overall and to 2-2 in the 4A Western Slope League with the wins, while Steamboat fell to 1-6 and 0-2.

PAONIA, Colorado ” Rifle’s baseball team found itself on the wrong end of a doubleheader sweep at Paonia on Saturday.

The Eagles beat the visiting Bears 12-6 and 15-5.

Dwight Cerise led Rifle (3-2) at the plate, going 4-for-7 on the day.

GUNNISON, Colorado ” Gunnison swept visiting Roaring Fork by matching counts of 12-2 in a Saturday doubleheader.

Roaring Fork dropped to 0-5 overall and to 0-3 in the 3A Western Slope League with the losses, while Gunnison improved to 5-1 overall and 4-1 in league.


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