Standard time runs out on Demons
Mountain standard time ran out on the Glenwood Demons Tuesday evening.
With the Demons heading into their final at-bat in the bottom of the seventh inning, the umpires called the high school baseball game because of darkness.
Delta’s two runs in the top half of the seventh were wiped out and the game reverted to the score at the end of six complete innings – with the visiting Panthers winning 9-7 at the lightless field at Glenwood Springs Middle School.
One week from now, with the added evening light of daylight-saving time, the outcome might have been different for the Demons (who suffered their first Western Slope League loss of the season). Earlier on Tuesday, the Demons rallied from a huge nine-run deficit.
Another possible late rally was halted along with the game when an infield popup by the Demons landed between the Delta pitcher, catcher and first baseman, prompting the umpires to rule the playing conditions unsafe.
Delta, coming off a doubleheader loss at Rifle last weekend, started quickly on Tuesday with a seven-run outburst in the top of the first inning – helped by five walks and four hits in the inning.
Andrew Blake started on the mound for the Demons. He gave way to Tiernan Conway, who relieved with one out in the first.
Josh Russo finished up for the Demons, pitching out of trouble in the fifth inning.
Delta, leading 7-0, added single runs in the second and third to take a 9-0 cushion.
And the Panthers were cruising behind lefty starter Michael Abeyta, who mystified the Demon hitters through three innings. He struck out eight of the first nine Demons he faced.
Glenwood’s first hit of the game and first run of the game came in the fourth inning.
After a Delta error and a pair of walks, the Demons scored their first run without a hit when Jeremy Ureche was hit by a pitch with he based loaded.
Blake then followed with the Demons’ first hit of the game, a two-RBI double that bounced off the fence in left-center.
Another walk to Brian Wren loaded the bases and Conway followed with a two-RBI single to pull the Demons’ within 9-5.
Sophomore Mike Hoban cut the lead to 9-6 when his fielder’s choice grounder scored courtesy runner Brian Raymond (running for catcher Wren).
Glenwood Springs added its seventh run in the fifth when Roberto Olivas scored on an RBI-single by Wren. Olivas had walked to start the inning, forcing Delta to replace Abeyta with right-hander Dale Ventrello.
With the score 9-7, the Demons held Delta scoreless in the sixth. The Demons also failed to score before play entered the darkened seventh inning, when umpires called off play.
The Demons, who dropped to 2-1 in the Western Slope League, finished with seven runs on four hits. Glenwood is 3-3 overall with a scheduled doubleheader at Moffat County on Saturday.
Abeya, in picking up the win for Delta, struck out 10 Demons in four-plus innings of work.
Delta is 2-2 in conference play and 4-3 overall.
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