Tigers prove too much for Demons, sweep DH
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — This isn’t the typical summit High School baseball team everyone in the Class 4A Western Slope League is used to seeing. The Glenwood Springs Demons found that out the hard way on Thursday.
Summit rallied for victory in both games of its league doubleheader against the Demons at the Glenwood Springs Middle School baseball field, as a clutch triple from Ricky Selsor in the bottom of the sixth inning led to a 5-4 win in the first game before the Tigers scored 10 unanswered runs in the nightcap during an 11-5 victory that gave the Tigers a doubleheader sweep.
“This is our first winning season as a 4A team,” said Summit coach Tom Looby, whose team improved to 11-4 overall and 7-4 in 4A WSL play with the two road wins. “We had some winning seasons and some league titles back when we were in 3A. So it’s been a long time coming, and the kids have worked very hard. We’re very happy about where we’re at, and we’ll see where it takes us now.”
The doubleheader sweep — the twin bill was played Thursday after it was rained out on April 18 — took the Tigers into second place in the league standings and put them in prime position to snag one of the league’s three automatic state playoff berths with just three league games remaining.
Glenwood (5-10, 3-7 league) is still mathematically alive in the hunt for the postseason and would have been tied with Eagle Valley (8-7, 5-5) for third place in the league standings with a doubleheader sweep. And victories were within the Demons’ grasp in both games before the Tigers managed a rally.
“For all of the good things that we did today, it was very frustrating,” Glenwood coach Eric Nieslanik said. “There’s a lot of lessons for these kids here, and hopefully they’ll be able to punch adversity right in the eye and continue to get after it to try to get better. And really, we’re close in a lot of ways to being really good.”
In the opener, Glenwood went ahead 4-2 when Cooper Cornelius, Quinn Kimminau and Jared Shimp hit back-to-back-to-back doubles as part of a three-run fourth inning. But after the Tigers later pulled within one, Selsor’s one-out RBI triple in the top of the seventh drove in the tying run before he scored the game winner on a wild pitch.
In the second game, Glenwood got on the scoreboard first on Kiefer Brocker’s solo home run and went ahead 2-0 in the top of the fourth when Luke Ray singled home Shimp.
Then, after a solo homer from Thomas DeBonville in the bottom of the fourth pulled the Tigers within a run at 2-1, Shimp capped the Demons’ three-run fifth inning with a two-run double that gave the Demons a 5-1 lead.
Glenwood, however, never scored again. Seltzer delivered a two-run shot and Andrew Shaw hit a run-scoring double to bring Summit within a run at 5-4. Then in the bottom of the sixth, the Tigers touched Glenwood reliever Stephen Romero for three runs to take the lead for good.
Those three runs turned out to be the start of a seven-run frame for Summit, which was highlighted by bases-loaded, three-run double from Shaw.
Summit will play a nonleague game at Englewood on April 27 before hosting Battle Mountain the next day. The Demons will try to rebound when they play a league doubleheader at Eagle Valley on Saturday.
Editor’s note: Kiefer Brocker’s name was misspelled in the original version of this story and has been corrected.
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