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Patient Lanci named GSHS athlete of the week

Dependability and patience.

Those traits have allowed Dusty Lanci to gain success on the baseball field.

Glenwood Springs baseball coach Mike Wilde observed those skills in the senior outfielder prior to the start of the 2002 season, which made Lanci the perfect choice to inherit the role as the Demons’ leadoff hitter.

And once the move was made, Lanci adhered to it like pine tar on a bat handle.

During the recently completed campaign, Lanci led the Demons with a .680 on-base percentage and runs scored while hitting a robust .380. Those numbers were noticed by the other coaches in the 4A Western Slope League, who voted the senior outfielder to this year’s all-league team.

Those accomplishments were also noted closer to home.

In a vote among the school’s coaches and staff, they honored Lanci as Glenwood Springs High School’s athlete of the week.

The award is sponsored by McDonald’s restaurant of Glenwood Springs.

Lanci is a two-sport varsity athlete. He also played a key role as a member of the Demons” basketball team, but said playing baseball is “more fun.”

“Basketball is more intense. Baseball is not as serious. It can be, but it’s just guys playing around and enjoying themselves,” Lanci said of the difference in the two sports.

But Lanci admitted there are circumstances as a leadoff hitter in baseball that create pressure.

“Being a leadoff man means you don’t know what the (opposing) pitcher is like. You’re pretty much a guinea pig because you don’t get the pitches that you like to hit,” he said.

“So you just got to go out there and have confidence in yourself to do what you can do.”

Lanci, one of just three seniors on this year’s team, kept Glenwood in contention for the WSL pennant up to the final week of the regular season.

While he’s looking forward to graduation later this month, Lanci, a lift-long Glenwood resident, admits that it’s going to be hard to leave the community and his teammates.

“My birthday’s so late in the summer, I’ve played a year younger in Rec ball, and I’ve played with those guys (on the high school team) when I was growing up.”

“They’re great guys to hang out with,” he said of his teammates.

Next fall Lanci will attend the Colorado School of Mines in Golden.

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