Despite a spirited post-game senior day atmosphere for the Durango High School softball team, the Demons were unable to produce on the diamond, as Montrose topped the Demons 16-1 in four innings, and 26-6 in five innings in Saturday’s doubleheader at DHS.
Durango (8-7, 2-4 5A/4A Southwestern League) recorded three hits in the first game after a stellar performance on the mound from Montrose’s Kennadie Minerich, who struck out three. Lily Longan, Emma Candelaria and Alaysia Kremer all went 1-for-2 in the first game.
In Game 2, the Demons recorded six runs in the second inning, but that was it, as the Demons were unable to keep pace with a red-hot Montrose offense.
“Well, we’re mired in a massive slump,” said DHS head coach John Bernazzani. “All systems that have been go are currently down. It’s tough, it’s the nature of the game. It’s tough if you stay mired in a slump for too long and it can really hurt you. On top of that, we’ve been really unlucky. With the exception of one inning, we hit leather. We hit the ball well and they hit dirt and grass. ... We didn’t have the luck of the Irish, or the luck of anybody for that matter.”
In Game 2, Candelaria went 1-for-3 with an RBI and two stolen bases. Bela Torres recorded a two-run RBI triple on her senior day, while Kremer went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a double.
“They have to believe in the kind of team they know they can be, and were for the first half of the season,” Bernazzani said.
DHS will travel to Greeley for the Northridge High School tournament on Friday.
VolleyballBayfield Intermountain League TriangularThe Bayfield High School volleyball team swept both Pagosa Springs and Monte Vista in straight sets Saturday at Pagosa Springs High School for a Class 3A intermmountain League triangular.
The Wolverines (7-2, 3-0 3A IML) took out the Pirates in three sets, 25-21, 25-11 and 25-23. In the second game against Monte Vista, the Wolverines cruised 25-10, 25-15 and 25-16.
Through two matches, Mavis Edwards led the Wolverines with 24 kills, 29 digs and five service aces. Other highlights included Annie Fusco and Emily Nelson recording 10 kills each against Monte Vista. Lana McKee tallied 33 digs on the day at the libero position, while Meghan Youngblood recorded 32 assists in two matches.
“We had a great week of challenge, and persevered to go 3-0 this week,” said BHS head coach Terene Foutz. “I am very proud of our team’s maturity and focus they put forth to secure these wins.”
The Wolverines will host Montezuma-Cortez (3-3, 0-3 IML) at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Bayfield High School.
Telluride 3, Ignacio 2The Ignacio High School volleyball team fought back valiantly Saturday against Telluride, as the Bobcats came back from two sets down to force a decisive fifth set, but narrowly fell to the Miners, 15-11, and lost the match 3-2.
The Miners (9-2, 3-1 2A/1A San Juan Basin League) were able to snag the first two sets against Ignacio, 25-21 and 25-21, before the Bobcats responded. Down two sets, Ignacio (4-2, 2-2 SJBL), ranked No. 7 in Class 2A, came back with a 25-15 win in the third set, and took the fourth as well, 25-21. However, the fifth-set battle did not go Ignacio’s way. Statistics were not made available.
Ignacio will travel to first-place Dolores (7-3, 4-0 SJBL) at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Dolores High School.
SoccerAlamosa 4, Bayfield 0The Bayfield High School boys soccer team was shut out against Alamosa on Saturday, as the Wolverines fell 4-0.
The Mean Moose struck twice in the opening 20 minutes, after Aidan McComas opened the scoring in the 16th minute. Two minutes later, he scored again on an assist from Rodas Rodas-Mateo to make it 2-0. That was the score at halftime.
In the second half, BHS was unable to find its offense, and Alamosa scored twice more. McComas recorded his third goal of the game in the 45th minute, and Adrian Raya wrapped it up with a goal in the 52nd minute.
Bayfield (0-7, 0-2 3A Intermountain League) will host Telluride at 4 p.m. Tuesday inside Wolverine Country Stadium.