Walking up to a DHS walkoff

With two Durango runners on base and a 3-3 tie looming over the bottom of the eighth, DHS head softball coach John Bernazzani interrupted Augustus Brockus as she walked to the plate.

“I grabbed her helmet mask and said, ‘Gus, this is where you want to be.’”

It was.

“As soon as the ball left the bat I knew the girls were getting ready to celebrate,” Bernazzani said.

Brockus drove a single to the right-center field gap to send Mercy Lashway home and complete a four-run comeback over Montezuma-Cortez that started with just one inning left.

It was Brockus’ second RBI on her third hit Friday at Aspen Field on the Fort Lewis College campus.

“By far the most dramatic game this season, indeed,” Bernazzani said. “It’s a blur now because it was so exciting.”

DHS (5-9) had nine hits.

“We were able to come up with it before all the sand ran out of the hourglass there at the end,” Bernazzani said.

Lexy Vidunas faced her critical moment in the top of the eighth, when with two runners on base and two outs, she picked up a strikeout to end the inning.

“They didn’t give up,” Bernazzani said. “They showed themselves what they were made of.”