One close; one not so close.
The Durango High School softball team dropped another doubleheader Saturday, falling to Southwestern League competitor Montrose 4-3 and 16-6.
“It’s a real heartbreaker to lose one that tough. It was there in front of them to grab, and it seemed to slip away, and we got outplayed in that one inning,” DHS softball coach John Bernazzani said about the first game. “Nature of the game.”
The Demons were in good shape in Game 1 until the fifth inning, leading 3-0 after the top of that frame.
“Girls were just fired up, and we were getting it done,” Bernazzani said.
The Indians answered with four runs in the bottom half by playing what Bernazzani said was “some excellent small ball: bunts into spots where we weren’t,” though, then rode the one-run lead through a scoreless sixth and seventh.
The four runs resulted from an error, two singles and a wild pitch. Each team had three errors in Game 1, but the Demons’ errors came at “very bad times.”
The Demons did finish with a 7-4 hit advantage, however.
Mackenzie Sill tallied two hits – a home run “bomb out of the park” and a double – as did Lexy Vidunas.
Vidunas also had a strong outing in the circle, allowing four Indians one hit apiece and striking out nine on a 70-percent strike ratio.
“Lexy was just awesome,” Bernazzani said. “She did a heckuva job.”
Lara Ammermam got the win for Montrose with eight strikeouts and one walk over seven innings.
Game 2 didn’t go as well.
Montrose tallied 18 hits for their 16 runs, batting around against starting pitcher Augusta Brockus over 1 1/3 innings for eight hits, six earned runs and one strikeout.
Brockus hasn’t been feeling well all week, Bernazzani said, but she gave it all she could.
Vidunas took over at the rubber and struck out five batters, but the Demons already were behind 8-0 after a six-run second inning.
“Boy, they were just on a roll at that point,” Bernazzani said.
Then, the Durango bats came alive.
Sill was 3-for-4 with two RBIs in Game 2. Cindy Kobrin added a home run in the fourth and a single in the fifth as the Demons scored all six of their runs in the final four innings.
“Kobrin had a great day (Saturday),” Bernazzani said. “She picked it up.”
Corissa Bosick also had two hits against Indians’ pitcher Jenna Chishom, who got the win despite giving up 10 hits and striking out three.
Durango (0-8) next will play at Eagle Valley in a nonleague doubleheader starting at 3 p.m. Friday.
“As I told them, the most important game of the season is the next one, and after that, the next one,” Bernazzani said.