Patience pays dividends for DHS

Demons to play for tournament title

The Durango High School baseball team made it 2-for-2 on Friday.

The Demons beat host Farmington 8-4 in the second round of the annual Scorpion Invitational.

The Demons (2-0) will play Rio Rancho for the tournament championship at 4:30 p.m. today at Ricketts Park in Farmington.

“We had a big inning in the fifth,” Durango head coach Rob Coddington said. The Demons took advantage of four walks, a hit batsman and one hit to score six runs and break the game open.

Marcus Sansoni drove in two runs with a double for the Demons.

Joe Brennan doubled and drove in a run.

Danny Rowley, who started on the mound for the Demons, had a key sacrifice bunt before Sansoni’s hit, Coddington said.

Rowley pitched six innings and gave up five hits and three runs. He struck out three.

Ty Elliott pitched a scoreless seventh inning for the Demons.

“Defensively, we were pretty solid,” Coddington said after the Demons played error-free in the win over the Scorpions.

Durango had a double play in the sixth and another in the seventh to secure the victory, he said.

Coddington said the Demons were very patient at the plate, and it paid dividends when the Scorpions struggled to find the strike zone.

Christian Vigil is scheduled to start for DHS in today’s championship game when the Demons try to make it 3-for-3 to start the season.

The Demons opened the tournament with a 13-3 win over Belen on Thursday.