Rob Coddington might have a heck of a team.
The Durango High School baseball team wrapped up a tournament weekend splitting a doubleheader Saturday on the Western Slope, but the Demons tallied 31 total runs across the two games and finally lost simply by fault of their own.
Durango beat Weld County 22-6 in Montrose on Saturday morning, then lost to Delta 9-8 in the afternoon.
The Demons are 4-1 after their second weekend of baseball, having outscored their opponents by a 79-30 margin.
“We cleaned up some of our stuff defensively, and I think we’re a pretty tough team because we’re playing with a lot of hustle and pretty aggressively,” said Coddington, the DHS head coach.
Durango had no trouble pulling out its bats against the Rebels in the early game, beating them in a mercy-rule-shortened five innings.
Blake Dunlap went 4-for-4 with a double, two triples, four runs and four runs batted in.
“He’s hitting really well right now,” Coddington said.
Connor Dugan was 2-for-2 with four runs scored, Jeremy Szura was 3-for-4 with a double and four RBIs, and Isiah Mayberry was 2-for-4 with a double, four runs and three RBIs.
The pitchers got into the slugfest, too.
Sean Blanchard, who got the win from the mound after allowing no runs and striking out two in the third inning, was 2-for-3 at the plate, including a triple, two runs and three RBIs.
Blanchard relieved Dayne Rowley, who went 2 2/3 innings and was 1-for-2 at the plate with a double.
The Demons had 20 hits Saturday morning.
“We slowed down a little in the second game,” Coddington said.
Durango led the Panthers 8-7 going into the seventh inning Saturday afternoon after a back-and-forth game.
Durango got one out in the seventh before allowing Delta to load the bases on base hits, then the Panthers won 9-8.
“Defensively, we handed them a few runs,” Coddington said. “Our pitchers battled; our hitters kept hitting. We just got beat up a little defensively.”
Dunlap took the loss on the mound, shutting the Panthers down in the sixth inning before the two-run seventh. He relieved Chris Jaworski, who pitched a scoreless inning after Wyatt Wymore pitched three innings – giving up two runs and striking out two – came on in relief of Blanchard, the starter.
“He did a nice job for us, keeping us in the game,” Coddington said of Wymore.
Dunlap again had a big game at the plate, going 3-for-4 for two runs and two RBIs. Dugan was 2-for-4 with a double, three runs and an RBI, and Mayberry went 2-for-4, including a triple and four RBIs.
“All in all it was a good effort on the weekend,” Coddington said.
DHS (4-1) will play Los Alamos to kick off the Piedra Vista Invitational at 2 p.m. Thursday at Ricketts Park in Farmington.