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Mistakes costly for GSHS

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Maturity is not always measured in runs. Often, it’s fielding that sets apart a seasoned squad.

And, that’s where the Glenwood Springs, with only one senior in the starting lineup in Tuesday’s 12-3 Western Slope League baseball loss to Delta, still has some growing up to do.

The Demons took a 3-0 lead in the first, then promptly gave the lead back to the Panthers (4-0 WSL, 8-1 overall) by committing three errors in a disastrous second inning in which Delta scored seven times.

“The kids are starting to do things better,” Glenwood coach Norm Bolitho said. “We’ve just got to avoid that one inning where we laid a big egg and took ourselves out of it.”

Offensively, Glenwood (1-2, 1-6) banged out seven hits against Delta starting pitcher Steve Morales. The Demons jumped him for three quick runs in the first inning before he retired two straight batters to get out of the jam.

Chance Stevens, Taylor Wilde and Beau Chicone scored runs in the inning, as the Demons used a Delta error and RBIs by Chicone and John Faris for a 3-0 lead.

Wilde and Faris combined for five of the Demons’ seven hits.

But the emotional lift Glenwood earned by taking the early lead against the Panthers withered quickly.

Demon starter Paul Huttenhower, after a nine-pitch, one-two-three first inning, couldn’t find his control the next time on the mound.

It took the junior 43 pitches and 11 hitters to get out of the second inning, Huttenhower’s problems (three walks, two wild pitches), compounded with Glenwood’s errors, allowed Delta to pull ahead.

And, with a 7-3 lead, Morales was a different pitcher.

In the four remaining innings, before the game was called for darkness in the fifth, Morales limited Glenwood to four hits and racked up six of his seven strikeouts along the way.

Delta outfielder Blake Carlquist sparked a four-run Panther rally with a long solo home run to start the fourth. An inning later, Carlquist belted his third hit (a double) in as many at bats for Delta’s final run.

The Demons had one more spurt of offense ” in the fifth when they loaded the bases with one out ” but Morales quashed that rally by striking out Boyd Milhorn and Brett Bell to end the threat.

“We played a very good team today,” Bolitho said of the No. 6 state-ranked Panthers. “You’re not going to see too many teams on the Western Slope like Delta is.

“Take away some of those unearned runs and we stayed with them for awhile. I look at that and I’m really positive about our team. I think we can move forward and improve on that.”

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