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Montrose spoils DHS baseball’s home finale

Durango High School falls 10-5, 15-0 to Red hawks
AJ Folk of Durango High School, pictured earlier this season, smacked a 3-run home run on Friday against Montrose. The Demons, however, lost twice to the Red Hawks. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald)

The Durango High School varsity baseball team played against Montrose High School on Friday at DHS. The Demons, however, ended up falling short 10-5 to start its final home series of the season.

Montrose took the lead after a series of DHS errors led to four runs in the bottom of the second inning. The Demons were not able to recover from the early 4-0 deficit.

“We just didn’t string it together today, (we) made a few errors that cost us early and just couldn’t bounce back from that,” said head coach Rob Coddington. “For the most part, (we) kept the energy up and kept fighting to the very end. Hopefully, we’ll play better tomorrow.”

In the bottom of the seventh inning, senior A.J. Folk hit a 3-run home run over the left field fence, but DHS was unable to score any more.

The Demons also made a handful of threatening plays during the fourth inning, bringing home two runs and then loading the bases. Unfortunately, the Demons struck out and lost the opportunity at the comeback.

Montrose continued to dominate through the fifth and sixth innings, scoring six more runs, to secure the victory over the Demons.

Headed into Saturday’s game, coach Coddington said he hoped for a better outcome and for the players to keep playing together.

“Hopefully, we keep playing as a team and make the routine plays, throw a lot of strikes and put the ball in play. I think we’ll be competitive.” he said.

Unfortunately for DHS, Montrose also swiped Saturday’s home finale, 15-0.

After the weekend, the Demons were 9-10 overall and 1-5 in the 4A/5A Southwestern League. Montrose improved to 9-9, 2-3.

Durango has four more regular-season games left to solidify its spot in the Class 4A state playoffs. Durango will play at Roaring Fork on Friday and at Rifle on Saturday.