Winning streak earns Demons a playoff berth
Two wins. The rest of the numbers Glenwood Springs racked up in their doubleheader sweep of Battle Mountain were not important.What is important: The Demons have moved into the Class 4A state baseball playoffs scheduled to begin Saturday.It’s a possibility many doubted before Glenwood started its current four-game winning streak on Saturday when the team swept up Eagle Valley.The victories lifted the Demons’ league record to 6-6 prior to Monday’s hookup against the 0-13 (0-15 overall) Huskies, who have not won a game – league or otherwise – in over two seasons.Beating the Huskies 22-0 in the second game after a 22-4 mercy-rule shortened game one puts Glenwood (who finished the Western Slope League season at 8-6) in a three-way for third place with Delta and Rifle.The top three teams from the WSL advance to the playoffs, and with Delta, Rifle and Glenwood all in third place, a tiebreaker was used to decide who would be the third WSL representative. The tiebreaker went to the team who beat Palisade.The Demons did just that, defeating second-place Palisade, 9-3, on March 25. But to secure the three spot Glenwood had to beat the Huskies.After a sluggish start, the Demons scored four runs in the second inning of the first game to take the lead for good.Zack McCullough earned his third win of the year, holding Battle Mountain to eight scattered hits while his teammates assaulted Huskies starter Zack Dominico for 21 runs before heading for the showers in the fourth. In game two, freshman Pat Hailey tossed a one-hitter with four strikeouts in three innings before allowing Boyd Milhorn to finish up.The strategy allowed the Demons to rest their main starters – Beau Chicoine and Chance Stevens – for the district tournament, where Glenwood needs two wins to move on to the next round.Playing as infielders, Chicoine was a perfect 5-for-5 at the plate, including two doubles and a triple with five RBIs. Stevens pounded out four singles with six ribbies.Offensively, Boyd Milhorn surpassed both his teammates. After resting a bad back in the first game, Milhorn came out swinging. In game two, Milhorn upped his team-leading RBI mark to 40 on the year by belting a grand-slam homer in the second.The Demons’ first-round opponent, along with Saturday’s playing site, will be released by the Colorado High School Activities Association later this week.
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