There's no place like home.
After four consecutive road games to start the season, the Durango High School baseball team, 2-2, will play at 3 p.m. today at Ward Lee Field against Piedra Vista.
"We've had their number the last couple of years, but they're a better team this year," said Durango head coach Rob Coddington.
The Panthers are a congruent opponent for the Demons' home opener.
DHS beat Piedra Vista on its home turf in its season opener, a dramatic 14-10 affair in Farmington that involved three lead changes, a five-run seventh inning for DHS and a go-ahead 2-RBI single from John Ugai.
The Demons received strong performances throughout their order, and will look to return to similar form after losses of 10-2 and 4-1 on the final two days of the chilly Roswell Tournament in New Mexico last weekend.
Coddington isn't worried about the inconsistent hitting.
"It has been a little up and down, but it's still the beginning of the season," Coddington said. "We're still working out some kinks."
Before its 13-3 loss to St. Pius over the weekend, Piedra Vista had scored at least nine runs in seven consecutive games.
Aaron Coats hit a triple and finished as the Demons' winning pitcher in the opener, and he'll get today's start against the Panthers.
Coats, batting cleanup and playing catcher when he's not pitching for DHS this season, struggled in a 10-2 loss to Carlsbad High School last Friday, but Coddington said the team has faith in its ace.
"He's done well," Coddington said. "He was a little shaky in that start against Carlsbad, but the team's always excited to play when Aaron's on the mound."
Ward Lee, for whom the field is named, will throw out the first pitch.
"Ward," Coddington said, "was really influential for a lot of years in youth league programs around here."
The Demons return to the road for two at Belen High School on Saturday.