Panthers silence Demons’ ping

DHS baseball falls to host Piedra Vista in Farmington

Good pitching often trumps good hitting, and Piedra Vista’s pitching did just that to the Durango High School baseball team Friday.

The Panthers held Durango to just three hits and used a three-run fifth inning to pull away for an 8-3 victory Friday night at the Piedra Vista Tournament in Farmington.

Durango entered the game with a .435 team batting average and 79 runs scored. But the Demons just couldn’t quite muster the same big scoring performance against Piedra Vista (8-2).

“We saw a good pitcher on the mound,” DHS head coach Rob Coddington said. “The guys played aggressive all the way through the end of the game, kept hustling. Just tip your cap to P.V. – they’re doing a lot of things right down there right now.”

Ben Wiley (0-1) took the loss for the Demons, who dropped to 5-2 on the season.

Coddington said he was pleased with the defensive adjustments made by the Demons late in the game and their work ethic.

“The second half of the game, we played very good defense. We made some really good plays,” he said.

DHS will face a familiar foe in its next game of the tournament. DHS is set to meet Fruita Monument at 2 p.m. today in a battle of Southwestern League foes.

“We’re looking forward to going down there and getting after them,” Coddington said.

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