Demons come out on top of see-saw game
GYPSUM – A few weeks later, they were still at it.Baseball rivals Eagle Valley and Glenwood went wire-to-wire two weeks ago in a 9-8 Demons’ walk-off homer win. Thursday in Gypsum, the script was nearly the same.”They play together in the summer and know each other really well. It was just a battle,” said Glenwood skipper Eric Nieslanik. “We made some mistakes and gave them some runs, then they turned around, made some mistakes and gave us some runs.”After five lead changes, the Demons carried an 8-7 lead into the bottom of the fifth, and held on to win, 10-7.”The last team standing was fortunately us,” Nieslanik said.Eagle Valley saw offensive production come from the top half of its order early in the game, but committed too many errors against an opportunistic Glenwood offense.
“Right now, we’re just trying to figure out how to get it so when our lows go low, they don’t go lower,” said Eagle Valley skipper Ken Reagan. “When the ball starts rolling, it gets faster and doesn’t stop at all.”Glenwood’s Tim Cashel did his job in the leadoff spot, going 4-for-5, scoring two runs and batting in another two. The center fielder also had a diving catch to end the bottom of the fifth with two Devils’ runners on base.Plate to plateThe Devils took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first thanks to an Alex Dorothy triple and a Bear Barkman single. The Demons would score three in the top half of the next inning before Eagle Valley’s Nick Whitehead’s two-run double put the Devils back on top in the bottom half.In the top of the third, Glenwood’s Beau Chicoine ripped a two-run homer, giving him four dingers on the season.”He came through,” Nieslanik said. “He hit that homer at a great time … and put us back on top.”
But the resilient Devils came back in the fourth to score three runs before Glenwood knocked in three in fifth and took a lead it wouldn’t relinquish.With a three-run lead to work with, Chicoine came in to pitch the bottom of the seventh. After Dan McKiernan knocked a single to centerfield, Chicoine struck out the next three batters.”When he’s fresh, he’s fantastic,” Nieslanik said.McKiernan came in as relief in the third inning and pitched five innings, fanning nine batters, including two in the seventh.Clutch hitting
Dorothy and Barkman, the two starting seniors, continued their solid offensive play. Dorothy went 2-for-2, scoring two runs and batting in two, while Barkman went 3-for-3 and scored three times. Hunter Blevins, the Devils’ leadoff hitter, had two runs, while Kevin Mansfield went 2-for-3.”The top of the order is hitting well,” Reagan said. “When we can’t mix it up in the bottom, we can’t produce anything.”Reagan knows the skill is there for his young team, but that errors have cost them this season.”We’ve gotta figure it out. We need to overcome just an error. We get an error, and then we’re falling down,” he said.With the win, Glenwood improved to 6-3 in the 3A Western Slope and plays a pair against Palisade Saturday. The Devils, who fell to 3-6 in league, host Steamboat for a doubledip Saturday starting at 11 a.m.Sports Writer Ian Cropp can be reached at 748-2935 or email@example.com.