Demons’ baseball proves merciful

DHS opens with a mercy-rule victory

The Demons showed a little mercy to start off the season.

Rather, the mercy rule showed a little mercy to start off the season.

The Durango High School baseball team rallied from a 4-0 deficit in the fourth inning, scoring 19 runs in three innings to beat Cañon City 19-6 in six in the Demons’ season opener Thursday in Cañon City.

“Having 19 runs and having our pitchers hold a team like that to six runs was awesome,” DHS head coach Rob Coddington said.

The hits came from everywhere.

Chris Engman got the Demons’ rolling with a fourth-inning lead-off hit. Durango scored eight runs on five hits in the inning.

Engman finished 4-for-4 with four runs and two runs batted in.

The Demons scored one more in the fifth, then 10 runs on nine hits to finish the game in the sixth.

Blake Dunlap went 3-for-4 with two runs, three RBIs and a double, Cole Dunegan went 3-for-3 with a run and three RBIs, and a slew of other Demons picked up a pair of hits each.

On the first run through the DHS lineup, the Tigers’ pitching threw 50 pitches.

“Extremely quality at bats,” Coddington said.

Dayne Rowley got the win on the mound for Durango, pitching three innings with four strikeouts, four walks, one earned run and three unearned. Engman and Dunlap pitched in relief.

“After losing some established pitchers over the last couple of years, that was a question mark, but I thought the guys came in and worked out some kinks and made it great,” Coddington said.