Hakes leads Eagle Valley baseball to sweep
Vail, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” After an errant pitch jammed his lip into his braces, Eagle Valley’s Aaron Hakes wasn’t sure he’d be able to take the field for Tuesday’s baseball nightcap against Glenwood Springs.
But a trip to a nearby dentist between the teams’ twin bill in Glenwood did the trick.
“I went into the bathroom to try and pull it out myself,” said a bloody-lipped Hakes, “but I couldn’t do it, so I went over to the dentist. I didn’t know I was going to be able to play (the second game).”
But he did, and the Devils were grateful.
Hakes, who homered and helped Eagle Valley to a 6-4 win in the opener, went 3-for-4 with three runs and two RBIs in the nightcap to help his team to a sweep of the Demons.
“I hate braces,” joked Hakes, whose Devils used an eight-run sixth-inning rally to win the second game 13-10.
Trailing 10-5 entering the sixth, Eagle Valley manufactured those eight runs on seven hits, two walks and an error against three Demon pitchers.
Just a half inning earlier, Patrick Hailey padded a slim Glenwood lead by clearing the left-field fence with a three-run home run.
Demon catcher Garrett Hatch also contributed some major sweat to the Demons’ lead, bashing homers in each of his first two trips to the plate, the first a solo shot and the second a two-run blast. The right-hander went opposite field with each.
Hatch’s second homer was the highlight of a six-run second inning for Glenwood, which raked six hits in the frame.
But the pitching didn’t hold for the home team.
After starter Luke Jacob, who struck out four while allowing five runs ” three earned ” in 4 2/3 innings, left the game midway through the fifth, the Demons’ mound troubles began to snowball.
“One thing we need to do is build our young kids (as pitchers),” Glenwood coach Eric Nieslanik said. “We just didn’t make some plays when we had to and Eagle kept coming at us.”
Nieslanik, whose team fell to 2-3 overall and to 0-2 in the 4A Western Slope League, did see his offense perk up considerably in that second game.
“The second game we came on,” he said. “Patrick crushed that ball.”
Hailey finished the nightcap 3-for-4 with three RBIs. Hatch went 2-for-4 with three RBIs and Carlos Hernandez had two hits and two RBIs in five at-bats.
Cody Coulter and Jack Barbella each matched Hakes’ three hits for the Devils, who improved to 5-1 overall and to 2-0 in the 4A WSL.
Barbella started and picked up the win on the mound in the opener.
Coulter recorded the win in relief in the second game, pitching a scoreless ” and hitless ” 1 2/3 innings to close out the game out.