Millyard receives Player of the Week award |

Millyard receives Player of the Week award

Given a choice, most coaches with a limited number of seniors would prefer to have one squatting behind home plate.

The young Glenwood Springs Demons are in such a position this season with one of the team’s two seniors providing direction from the catcher position.

“You’re the general on the field and you know what’s going on,” said senior catcher Ryan Millyard of his role. “It’s a good place to really have a lot of leadership.

“To have a leader in the infield, then Michael Hoban (the Demons’ other senior) at center field leading the outfield ” it’s great to have those two positions with a lot of experience.”

Millyard, the Glenwood Springs High School athlete of the week, led by example on the field and at the plate in the Demons opening doubleheader against Steamboat Springs on Saturday.

Millyard went 4-for-8 in the two games and also helped an inexperienced pitching staff to a solid performance in the doubleheader split.

Junior Paul Huttenhower pitched six innings and allowed two runs in the 17-6 victory in the opening game. Freshman Beau Chicione ” seeing his first varsity action on the mound ” pitched into the eighth inning of the second game, but the Demons lost 9-7 in extra innings.

“I think they will really click with the offense and hopefully the defense will give them a little more help,” said Millyard of the inexperienced pitching staff.

“Hopefully, I’ll be able to provide some leadership and hard work ethic so they can follow my (example).”

Millyard understands it may take some time for the younger players to adjust to the varsity level, but he has high hopes for the season, including a Class 4A Western Slope League crown.

“I know there were a lot of mistakes (on Saturday) and I can’t say that I didn’t make them, but we’ll learn from those mistakes and move on,” Millyard said. “I look forward to a great season. Even though we are young, we have some experience with the older guys and hope we can share our knowledge with the younger guys and produce a good year.”

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