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Durango wins baseball opener

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Wednesday, March 12, 2008 2:19 AM

The snow couldn't cool the Durango Demons' regular-season debut on the diamond.


Durango, relegated to indoor practices this spring to prepare for its baseball season, defeated Piedra Vista 12-4 on Tuesday night on the road to win its opener.



"It was really good," Demons coach Rob Coddington said. "We came out swinging the bats. We
weren't flawless, but we didn't let anything rattle us either."



Aaron Coats allowed three runs in four innings to earn the victory. He also went 3-for-3 from
the plate with two runs scored and three runs batted in.



Alex Fryback, the Demons' No. 9 hitter in the batting lineup, hit a fourth-inning grand slam
to spark an eight-run inning and spur his team to victory.



"The big blow offensively was Alex Fryback's grand slam in the fourth inning, from the
nine-hole," Coddington said. "That sparked an eight-run inning.



"One through nine, we've got to work on some things, but we hit the ball really well and did
some good things at the plate - sacrifice flies, good two-strike hitting.



"We got a lot of good effort from all of our guys," Coddington said.



Clayton Parks, 3-for-4 with a double, triple and two RBIs, pitched the final three innings
and allowed just one run.



"He shut 'em down in the seventh, which was good to see," Coddington said.



Durango (1-0) plays Carlsbad in Roswell, N.M., on Thursday.



"These boys have made a commitment this year, and they really stuck to that," Coddington
said.



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