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Errors cost Durango softball

Casias, Barnes provide highlights
Ellie Casias of Durango High School, pictured in a game against Battle Mountain earlier this season, hit a triple and scored twice against Delta on Friday. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald file)

The Durango High School softball team had plenty of offensive highlights in its three games over the weekend.

Durango also committed at least 12 errors in the games, however, leading to a some big innings as the Demons lost all three contests.

On Friday, DHS lost to Delta, 14-2.

On Saturday, DHS fell twice to Grand Junction, 11-3 and 17-8.

“If we could have just not given them all of the extra outs, I think the scores could have been flipped,” DHS head coach John Bernazzani said about Saturday’s games.

The coach also called Delta “a much improved program.”

Ellis Casias hit a triple and scored both Durango runs against the Panthers. “It was an all-out hustle triple,” Bernazzani said about her drive down the third base line.

Delta, however, scored four in the first, four in the second, five in the third and one more in the fourth while Durango committed six errors.

“It was a tough day,” Bernazzani said. “We put the ball in play, but the difference, I think, is they made just about every play they needed to.”

In Game 1 against Grand Junction on Saturday, Kelly Arthur and Alaysia Kremer got base hits and scored in the first inning to give DHS a 2-0 lead.

“We jumped out for two runs right off the bat against a pretty good pitcher,” Bernazzani said.

In the bottom of the second, however, some errors helped Grand Junction score eight runs. DHS settled down to keep the mercy rule from being enacted, but couldn’t catch the Tigers.

Arthur pitched all six innings for DHS and only gave up three earned runs, out of 11. Arthur, Kremer and Genesis Barrera each had two hits in the loss, but DHS also left seven runners stranded.

“We competed in that game,” Bernazzani said.

Tehya Barnes blasted a three-run home run and doubled in two more in Game 2 against Grand Junction as DHS took an 8-1 lead. Cori Davis went 3-for-3, scored once and drove in two. Casias and Kremer both had multiple hits, and Arthur had two RBIs.

The Tigers, however, made some adjustments at the plate to score nine runs in the fourth inning to take the lead and finish on top.

DHS (4-11) will now have a little break before a doubleheader at home Sept. 30 against Palisade.

The coach said the team did a lot of dirt work Monday while also working on throwing and other fundamentals to prepare. “I’d say 60% of our defensive troubles are coming from throwing,” he said.