Strong pitching performances lead Palisade over Glenwood
Hosting the Palisade Bulldogs Saturday morning for a big 4A Western Slope League matchup, the Glenwood Springs Demons’ baseball team had a tough go of things at the plate and on the mound, losing both ends of the doubleheader by scores of 12-0 and 10-0, giving Palisade a key sweep in league play.
Against the Bulldogs in the first game, Glenwood didn’t register a hit or a base runner off of Palisade starter John Taber as the Bulldog completed the 5-inning perfect game for the win.
“We just couldn’t get it going today,” Glenwood Head Coach Eric Nieslanik said. “Taber pitched one heck of a game. He threw a lot of strikes and his defense made a ton of plays behind him.”
With Taber dealing on the mound, Glenwood starter Davis Deaton allowed three runs in the first three innings to give Palisade a 3-0 lead, but the Bulldogs would pour it on in the fourth inning, erupting for five runs, with two coming off of a two-run shot by Stevenson Reynolds to left field, capping off the five-run fourth to stretch the Palisade lead to 8-0.
The Bulldogs came right back in the fifth to add four more runs to make it 12-0 as Freddie Horn hit an RBI single to left before later scoring on a wild pitch. Reynolds capped off the four-run fifth with a bloop single to left, just past the reach of Glenwood second baseman Tyler Boyd.
Following the run-scoring outburst, Taber then retired the side in order in the bottom of the fifth with a groundout to first, capping off the perfect game for the Bulldogs.
After celebrating the perfect game, Palisade came right back in the second game with Sebo Campbell opposing Glenwood’s Stephen Romero on the mound.
Romero, easily Glenwood’s best pitcher, allowed two quick singles to start the game before three errors on Glenwood and a sacrifice fly gave Palisade a quick 4-0 lead to start the second game.
Trailing 4-0, Glenwood would register a a hit for the first time all day as Chano Gonzalez ripped a lead-off single to center to start the bottom of the first inning before moving up to second on a wild pitch.
Boyd then popped out to Horn at second before Romero was hit with a pitch, putting runners at first and second with one out. But that would be all the Demons would muster in the frame as Cooper Cornelius and Jake Brown both flew out, ending the threat.
Romero bounced back in the second inning after a lead-off walk, recording three straight outs to stand the runner at second, giving the Demons a chance to get going offensively.
Campbell would have none of it though, striking out the side in the bottom of the second inning on just 11 pitches.
Building off the boost of Campbell’s feat in the bottom of the second inning, Palisade struck for three runs in the top of the third as Reynolds left off with a single to left before Isaac Maestas ripped an RBI triple to right-center, pushing Palisade’s lead to 5-0. However, Maestas would slide past the bag at third, getting into a rundown between third and home before being tagged out for the first out of the inning.
Following Maestas’ RBI triple, Brett Wagner roped a ground-rule double to left, putting another Bulldog runner in scoring position.
Romero would bounce back with a strikeout of Nate Woll, but an error on Glenwood in the next at-bat would allow another runner to reach base as Woll would race home for a 6-0 lead.
Palisade’s Gunnar Mort followed with an RBI single to center to make it 7-0 before Romero would pick off Mort trying to steal second to end the inning.
Trailing 7-0, Glenwood tried to get going offensively in the bottom of the frame, but Campbell induced a fly out, pop out and ground out to set the Demons down in order again.
In the top of the fourth inning, Maestas ripped a double to deep right, driving in two runners to stretch Palisade’s lead to 9-0, ending Romero’s day after just four innings of work.
Campbell — who finished with a one-hitter and just three base runners allowed — again set the Demons down in order in the bottom of the fourth before the Bulldogs stretched the lead to 10-0 in the top of the fifth on another Glenwood error as Alec Newton raced home on the miscue for the eventual winning run.
“We’re frustrated,” Nieslanik said. “We were out-manned today. They just beat us in every aspect today. We’ve just got to keep plugging along and own what’s happening right now. We have to try and get better here down the stretch.”
With the sweep to Palisade, Glenwood falls to 6-9, 3-6 4A WSL on the year. Glenwood will look to bounce back with a nonleague game Thursday at home against Roaring Fork at 4 p.m.