Offense downfall for Sailors
Glenwood upends Steamboat, 13-2
Steamboat Springs — Brandon Chicione and Dustin Lanci both hit home runs for Glenwood Springs as the Demons rolled to a 13-2 win over the home town Sailors at Vanatta Field.
“We are not a power hitting ball club,” Demons coach Mike Wilde said. “We’ve only hit five all year.”
Unfortunately for the hometown Sailors, two of the five came in Thursday night’s game. Including the homers, Glenwood had 15 hits in the contest. Meanwhile, senior pitcher Ernesto Avila took care of business on the mound striking out eight Steamboat batters and giving up just two runs in five innings of work. Glenwood only had two errors in the game.
“We’ve got to get our bats going,” Steamboat second baseman Scott Middleton said. “I think we played pretty well in the field, but we never got our offense rolling today.”
The Sailors had just three hits in the game. Two came in the fourth inning when Steamboat’s Jordy Gunderson and JoJo Bucci trotted across the plate to score the only Steamboat runs of the game.
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However, it wasn’t enough against the league-leading Demons.
“It isn’t like everyone is striking out,” Sailors coach Joss Vinson said. “Liefer and Jordy (Gunderson) both hit the ball hard. “
Glenwood scored three runs in the first inning with two coming off of the Chicone homer.
In the second, Steamboat gave up a couple of bloop singles and a walk to load the bases with just one out. Glenwood cashed in as Pat Kelly nailed a two-run single and Tom Ahrens crushed a two run double later in the inning to bring in four runs.
A solid defensive play by Scott Middleton, who stabbed a line drive up the middle off the bat of Jeremy Ureche, ended the inning. But the Sailors trailed 7-0 at that point.
Glenwood added five runs to its lead in the fourth with Lanci’s homer, which was a three-run shot to center field. Ahrens also ripped an RBI single.
Steamboat’s first hit of the game came in the second on a bloop single by Cory Beck with two outs. But Avila ended the inning by striking out the next batter.
Steamboat also threatened in the bottom of the fourth. Gunderson scored on an RBI single by Beck. JoJo Bucci also scored later that inning on a single by Evan Wojtowicz.
Steamboat is now 2-12 for the season and will host Rifle in a doubleheader this Saturday at Howelsen. Glenwood improved to 9-3 on the season.
“We are looking forward to playing Rifle,” Middleton said. “They have a good team this year, but they are also one of our biggest rivals.”
Vinson knows the key for turning his team around will come at the plate. But the coach wasn’t sure how to fix the Sailors’ batting problems.
“There’s not much we can do, but change out outlook,” Vinson said.
Vinson feels like his team is having good at-bats. He said the players just are not swinging the bat with a whole lot of confidence.
“We are swinging the bats, but we are not swinging through the ball,” Vinson said.
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