Preps: Glenwood baseball sweeps Summit in double-header; Rams honor memory of former teammate
The Glenwood Springs High School baseball team took care of business on both ends of a double-header against the visiting Summit Tigers on Saturday. The Demons won the opener by a score of 4-3 and the nightcap 10-8.
Summit got on the board first in the opener, taking a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the fourth inning, when Glenwood answered with two of its own. The Tigers got another in the sixth, but the Demons were good for two runs to earn the win.
Senior Garrett Dollahan went 2-for-3 with 2 runs scored. Senior Wheatley Nieslanik (1-for-3, 1 run) and juniors Evan Heyl (1-for-3) and Braxton Mims (1-for-1) each batted in a run for the Demons. Heyl also pitched a complete game, recording 11 strikeouts and allowing only one earned run.
Game two saw the Demons jump on top 4-2 after the first inning. Summit tied it in the third, but Glenwood had three runs in the bottom of the fourth and one each in the fifth and sixth to hold on for the win.
Nieslanik was 3-for-3, with 3 runs scored and 2 RBIs. Dollahan was 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs and a run scored; Mims added 2 RBIs and junior Blake Nieslanik batted in one run. Junior Jordan Meraz picked up the pitching win.
Glenwood Springs (4-7 overall, and 4-4 in the 4A Western Slope League) hosts Rifle at 4 p.m. Monday at the field behind Glenwood Springs Middle School.
Bulldogs sweep Rams
The visiting Moffat County Bulldogs swept the host Roaring Fork Rams in Carbondale in 3A WSL baseball action during Saturday’s Trent Goscha Memorial Double Header, by scores of 16-2 and 19-7.
The day was dedicated to the memory of Goscha, an avid youth baseball player who died unexpectedly during his eighth grade year at Carbondale Middle School, and was part of the class of 2021 that just graduated
In the opener, Roaring Fork got two runs to the Bulldogs four in the first inning, but that was all the offense the Rams could muster. Juniors Nolan Pierson and Mason Smith went 1-for-3 and 1-for-2, respectively.
The nightcap saw Moffat County open a 10-3 lead through three innings and add five in the fourth and four in the fifth to enforce the 10-run mercy rule.
The Rams managed four runs in the bottom of the fifth to try to keep the action going, but fell short. Junior Blake Thomas was 1-for-2 with 2RBIs for Roaring Fork, and Smith went 2-for-3.
BOYS LACROSSE: Demons split southwest swing
Looking to keep pace in the tough 4A/5A Mountain League, the Glenwood Springs Demons split a road swing to the southwest part of the state, falling 19-9 at Telluride on Thursday and defeating Durango 13-6 on Friday.
The Demons improved to 4-3 to remain in third place in the league standings behind undefeated Telluride (7-0) and Fruita Monument (6-1).
Glenwood head coach Joe Lang said 13 minutes of penalty time against Telluride kept the Demons on the defensive. Still, Glenwood won the ground ball battle 43-25, and senior goalie Peter Zimmer had 23 saves on the night.
Sophomore Jamie Dolan had five goals and an assist, Connor Powell had a goal and three assists), Nick Geiser had one goal and an assist, and Cody Thompson and Jonas Kohout each had a goal.
Things went better on a hot Friday night for Glenwood Springs in Durango, where the visiting Demons beat the host Demons, 13-6 behind a seven-point effort from Powell. The senior co-captain had four goals and three assists on a night when the field temperature topped 100 degrees.
A stifling defense held Durango scoreless in the second half, as Zimmer had another 17 saves. Thompson had the hat-trick, adding three goals with sophomore attackman Jammie Dolan adding two goals and two assists.
“Our boys get all the credit for putting together a complete team effort across all phases of the game today,” Lang said in an emailed game comment. “It was great for them to see it all come together.”
The Demons finish up their regular season this week with home games on Thursday (senior night) against Montrose at 6 p.m., and a rematch with Telluride at 4 p.m. Friday, both at Stubler Memorial Field.
In other weekend action
Girls lacrosse: Roaring Fork 18, Eagle Valley 8
Girls soccer: Glenwood Springs 4, Palisade 1 (Demons goals scored by Taia Nykerk, Tatum Lily, Maya Elias and Victoria Taylor). Glenwood stands at 5-2-2 and will close out the season at 6 p.m. Tuesday at home versus Summit.
Senior Reporter/Managing Editor John Stroud can be reached at 970-384-9160 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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