And the winner is ... Durango

Jerry McBride/Durango Herald

Durango High School head coach Rob Coddington and his Demonsí baseball team took care of business against Montezuma-Cortez on Thursday, then they learned Friday their seasonís worth of hard work paid off in a Southwestern League championship.

Herald Staff Report

The great mystery of the 2012 Southwestern League baseball champion has been solved a day after play concluded.

Introducing, the champion: Durango High School.

A day after DHS, Grand Junction and Montrose all won to finish the SWL slate 7-3, the tiebreakers were worked out, and the results tilted in the Demonsí favor for their first title since 2009.

To break the three-way tie, the teams first went to records against the fourth-place team, Fruita Monument. Both the Demons and Indians swept Fruita Monument, while Grand Junction split, thus eliminating the Tigers.

After that, Durango and Montrose stayed even through a handful of other tiebreakers. Both went 3-1 against Grand Junction Central and Montezuma-Cortez, and both beat their one common nonleague opponent, Delta.

After those two options were exhausted, it came down to run differential in the teamsí head-to-head matchups. Durango won both games, outscoring Montrose by a combined 20-13, giving the Demons the title.

Clear of the red tape, the Demons now await their playoff seeding, opponent and destination, all of which will be determined Wednesday. Durango is hoping to host a four-team regional for the second time in as many years.

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