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GS baseball team rallies late to top Huskies

Patience paid off for the Glenwood Springs baseball team Thursday afternoon.

The Demons, after watching upstart Battle Mountain cut their big lead to 5-4, responded with two big innings and an eventual 14-4 win over the Huskies in 4A Western Slope League play.

“When Battle Mountain cut it to 5-4, we just said, `OK, this is it. We can’t let them take over the game.,’ ” said Glenwood Springs coach Mike Wilde.



He stressed patience at the plate against Battle Mountain pitchers Matt Bortz and Jordan Bender.

The big six-run rally in the bottom of the fourth started when the Demons loaded the bases on a hit batter, a walk and an infield hit by Josh Russo.



Andrew Blake blooped a single to score another run after a passed ball plated the first.

Russo then scored on the back end of a double steal.

And Roberto Olivas followed with an RBI-single up the middle and the Demons bounced to the 14-4 win, shortened to five innings by the 10-run rule.

“We were very patient against their pitching,” Wilde said. His Demons struck out only three times while pounding out 12 hits in five innings.

Olivas drove in four runs for the Demons.

Dusty Lanci added two hits and two runs scored while Russo finished the day 3-for-4 with three runs scored and an RBI.

Blake drove in two with two hits.

Jeremy Ureche also drove in two for the Demons, who improved to 4-2 in the 4A Western Slope League, 5-5 overall.

Battle Mountain dropped to 1-5 in league play and 1-10 overall with the loss.

Starter Bortz took the loss for Battle Mountain. But he managed a solo homer for the Huskies.

Battle Mountain rallied in the top of the fourth when Junior Martinez opened with a one-hopper off the fence in left-center.

Eddie Tegren drove in one run with a single to right field. And Garrett Duncan followed a two-RBI single up the middle.

But the Demons stopped the rally on a sharp 6-4-3 double play turned by shortstop Justin Jerome, second baseman Ureche and first baseman Blake.

Tiernan Conway pitched the complete-game victory for Glenwood Springs, scattering seven Battle Mountain hits.

He also helped offensively with a hit, an RBI and a run scored.

The Demons return to the baseball schedule next Tuesday when they play at Battle Mountain in a rematch of Thursday’s game.

This weekend in the 4A Western Slope League, Delta and Palisade are scheduled to play in a key doubleheader this weekend.

“This weekend could turn the whole thing,” Wilde said of the key baseball matchups this weekend.


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