Prep Roundup: Demons still trying to make strides
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Glenwood Springs High School’s baseball team still has a little bit of learning to do. Demons’ coach Eric Nieslanik admits that.
“It’s just a lot of early season stuff,” Glenwood coach Eric Nieslanik said following the Demons’ 11-4 Class 4A Western Slope League loss to the Eagle Valley Devils on Tuesday at the Glenwood Springs Middle School baseball field. “We made a lot of mistakes.”
Then again, Eagle Valley (4-2 overall, 1-0 league play) has shown it’s not exactly a slouch this season. On Tuesday, the Devils pounded out 12 hits and took advantage of six errors by the Demons (1-2 overall and league play).
Steve Romero finished 2-for-3 batting, Chase Nieslanik added a 2-for-4 outing at the plate and Kyle LaCouture added a pair of RBIs for the Demons. Eagle Valley, however, scored in every inning but the sixth and had three-run frames in the fourth and seventh innings.
“We’re still searching a little bit,” coach Nieslanik said, “Hopefully we can build a few things this week.”
Glenwood will embark on a three-game road trip in Colorado Springs this week. The Demons will play at Manitou Springs at 3 p.m. Thursday, against Jefferson Academy at 10 a.m. Friday and against La Junta at 9 a.m. Saturday.
Glenwood girls net 2nd
MONTROSE — Lauren Murphy of Glenwood Springs finished with a final-round score of 76, and the Demons finished two strokes behind Montrose in the team standings at the Montrose Invitational tournament at Cobble Creek Golf Course on Tuesday.
Murphy finished behind tournament champion Kiselya Plewe of Dolores, who shot a 73. Montrose finished first in the team standings with a score of 265, with Glenwood and Grand Junction finishing with a 267. Grand Junction, however, managed a second-place team finish via a scorecard playoff.
Rifle freshman Elly Walters shot an 80 to finish third individually for the Bears, who finished seventh with a 296. Other Rifle athletes included Toni Booth (117), Kaitlin Morgan (115), Savannah Seay (110) and Jacey Hauer (106).
Other Glenwood players in the tournament included Melissa Thrun (90), Audrey Jones (101), Jordan DeCrow (112), and Callie Jones (115).
Monday: Walters finishes second
at Lincoln Park
GRAND JUNCTION — Rifle freshman Elly Walters finished second overall in the individual standings behind Dolores’ Kiselya Plewe during the Palisade Invitational at Lincoln Park where the Stableford scoring system was used rather than the typical stroke-play system.
Plewe finished with 88 points to nip the 86-point total by Walters. Toni Booth of Rifle finished with her best round of the season thus far with 64 points, which in stroke-play terms gave her a score of 99.
Also playing for Rifle (tied for fourth place with Palisade with 210 points) was Caitlin Morgan (55), Savannah Seay (60) and Jacey Hauer (40).
Glenwood Springs 3, Delta 0
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Hailey Armstrong finished with a goal and two assists for the Demons, who won their first game of the season.
Armstrong scored three minutes into the game and assisted Glenwood’s goals from Eryn Peterson in the first half. Freshman Erin Bucchin finished with nine saves in goal for Glenwood (1-4-0 overall, 1-2-0 4A Western Slope League).
“This was better in helping us get the monkey off our back,” Glenwood coach Steve White said. “We played some exceptional games and … could have been 3-1 going into this game instead of 0-4. This shows that we’re a good team.”
Glenwood continues league play Thursday at Steamboat Springs.
Grand Valley 5, Rifle 3
PARACHUTE — Kyra Chenoweth finished with four goals — all of them coming in the first half — to lift the Cardinals (1-0-0 overall and 3A WSL play) to a victory in their season opener.
Chenoweth scored in the first, 27th, 31st and 34th minutes for the Cardinals, with Megan Smith added her goal in the 29th. Gabby Coleman, Hannah Fenton, Diana Arizaga and Logan Waterman added assists for Grand Valley.
Rifle scored three unanswered goals after falling behind 5-0, with Sadie Suarez scoring twice and Cindy Pelaez added a second-half goal.
Grand Valley hosts Rangely on Thursday. Rifle will host the Grand Junction JV team on Friday.
Roaring Fork 3, Basalt 1
CARBONDALE — Emily Fisher finished with a pair of goals and Naite Nieblas put the Rams ahead to stay with her goal in the 10th minute for the victorious Rams (2-1-1).
Kristin Joyner added four saves in goal for Roaring Fork, which led 1-0 but broke the game open with a pair of second-half goals that snapped a 1-1 tie early in the second half.
“We kind of let down early in the second half, but we were able to pick it right back up pretty quick,” Joyner said.
Roaring Fork continues 3A WSL play Thursday at Coal Ridge.
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