Prep Baseball Roundup
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
HOTCHKISS, Colorado ” Glenwood Springs won two of its three weekend games at the Hotchkiss Tournament.
Behind solid pitching performances from starters Patrick Hailey and Luke Jacob, the Demons beat up on Paonia (16-6) and Monte Vista (18-3) on Friday. On Saturday, Glenwood’s bats stalled in a 12-1 loss to Bayfield.
“The two guys on the mound were definitely the hot spot on Friday,” Demons coach Eric Nieslanik said.
At the plate, Glenwood (2-1) was buoyed by an 8-for-12 weekend hitting performance by Garrett Hatch. Hailey went 3-for-6 in the tournament. Both had one home run.
Next up for the Demons is a Tuesday doubleheader with visiting Eagle Valley.
RIFLE, Colorado ” Rifle and Roaring Fork brought their bats to Deerfield Park on Saturday as the host Bears outslugged the visiting Rams 12-9 in a matinee affair.
The teams combined to bang out 22 hits and Rifle’s pitchers allowed 10 walks with two hit batters.
Dwight Cerise led Rifle at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two stolen bases and two runs scored. Michael Cash (3-for-4), Tanner Wilcox (2-for-3), Ryan Rebhan (2-for-4), Hunter Finger (1-for-3) and Raleigh Roberts (1-for-2) also chipped in.
Cash picked up the win on the mound, striking out seven.
Cerise also went 3-for-4 in Thursday’s season opener against Basalt.
Rifle improved to 2-0 with Saturday’s win.
RIFLE, Colorado ” Running with a shorthanded roster against one of the Western Slope’s better teams, Coal Ridge found itself on the wrong end of a doubleheader sweep against visiting Cedaredge on Saturday.
The Bruins won by counts of 15-0 and 14-0 at Deerfield Park in Rifle, the Titans’ home field for 2009.
Coal Ridge took the diamond without a number of athletes who also play on the school’s basketball team, which played at the Class 3A state tournament in Fort Collins over the weekend.
“I started four freshmen,” Titans coach Steve Ryan said. “They brought one freshman with them. I was happy. We played well at times. We strung some things together. It’s just a matter of putting it all together and getting a couple guys back.”
Among those missing were Ryan’s top two starting pitchers ” Nathan Terrin and Jonathon Roessler.
Cole Ryan had a solid day at the plate for the Titans (0-2), going 2-for-2 in the opener and 1-for-3 in the nightcap. Kreede Davis went 1-for-2 in the second game and Kyle Dussault, Cameron Cotton and Josh Alsop contributed quality innings on the mound throughout the course of the day.
Next up for Coal Ridge is a Wednesday meeting with Rifle at Deerfield Park. The first varsity pitch is slated to be thrown at 4 p.m.
PARACHUTE, Colorado ” Defense cost Grand Valley in a big way as Gunnison swept the host Cardinals in a Saturday doubleheader.
Grand Valley pitcher Jeremy Lawrence’s seven strikeouts went for naught in a 14-4 loss in the opener, and eight strikeouts by Tyler Radel were wasted in a 12-1 nightcap defeat.
“Both pitched excellent games,” Cardinals coach Casey Coulter said. “We have some patchwork to do in our defense. There were some kids missing here and there, and it definitely showed.”
Coulter’s team, now 0-3 on the season, spread 13 errors across the two games.
Grand Valley returns to its home diamond next Saturday for a doubleheader against Basalt.
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The Coal Ridge High boys suffered their first 3A Western Slope League loss of the year Thursday night on the road at Gunnison, falling to the defending league champion Cowboys 65-45.