Unbeatable Brennan

Demons’ ace nearly no-hits the Panthers in 12-0 win

Joe Brennan had three hits and nearly threw a no-hitter, and the Durango High School baseball team pounded out a bevy of runs in a 12-0, five-inning win over Montezuma-Cortez on Thursday in Cortez.

Brennan, who had a no-hitter through four innings in his last outing, topped that performance Thursday, striking out six and allowing just one hit, a groundball that second baseman Connor Dugan couldn’t quite get a glove on in a diving attempt.

“Joe looked probably the best he’s looked all year. ... He’s progressively gotten better over the last few weeks,” DHS head coach Rob Coddington said.

It took one trip through the lineup before DHS (10-5, 5-2 Southwestern League) broke out, but once the Demons did, they hit in a big way:

Brennan was 3-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI.

Easton Garcia was 2-for-4 with a triple, an RBI and a pair of runs scored.

Mark Kobrin had a pair of hits, a double, two driven in and a run scored.

Joe Keresey also had multiple hits, going 2-for-3 with an RBI and a pair of runs scored.

“We stayed with it, and the second time through the lineup, we got to him,” Coddington said of the Panthers’ pitcher.

DHS will play Piedra Vista on Tuesday in Farmington before continuing SWL play next weekend on the road.