Demons ‘disappoint’ in home opener

DHS senior Augusta Brockus was good with the bat and good in the circle, but the Demons weren’t great defensively in an 11-9 loss to the Montezuma-Cortez Panthers on Tuesday night at Aspen Field. Enlargephoto

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DHS senior Augusta Brockus was good with the bat and good in the circle, but the Demons weren’t great defensively in an 11-9 loss to the Montezuma-Cortez Panthers on Tuesday night at Aspen Field.

After a 2-0 start to the Chelsea Rodriguez era at Durango High School, the only way to describe the head coach’s home debut was “disappointing.”

“It was a really, really, really disappointing loss,” Rodriguez said in a phone message to The Durango Herald on Tuesday night. “We let that one slip through our fingers.”

Montezuma-Cortez beat the Durango Demons 11-9 on Tuesday night at Aspen Field, the same diamond where Rodriguez just finished her stellar playing career at Fort Lewis College.

Durango brought its bats to its home opener, but the Demons forgot to bring their gloves.

“We didn’t have it with our defense,” said the Demons’ first-year head coach, who played third base for the Skyhawks. “And we made some really timely mistakes. (Alexys) Vidunas did a great job in the circle, and (Augusta) Brockus threw well, but we just didn’t have the defense to back it up.”

Durango will have a couple of days to bring its defense back up to speed. DHS (1-2) will host Delta in a doubleheader at 3 p.m. Friday at Aspen Field, then Palisade at 10 a.m. Saturday.

“I plan on turning it around at practice this week, now that we know what to address to be successful this year,” Rodriguez said.

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DHS junior Kelly Perry and the Demons’ softball team ran into nine runs in their home opener Tuesday night at Aspen Field, but they lost 11-9 to Montezuma-Cortez, a game they let “slip through their fingers,” according to first-year head coach Chelsea Rodriguez. Enlargephoto

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DHS junior Kelly Perry and the Demons’ softball team ran into nine runs in their home opener Tuesday night at Aspen Field, but they lost 11-9 to Montezuma-Cortez, a game they let “slip through their fingers,” according to first-year head coach Chelsea Rodriguez.

DHS senior Katelyn DeLuche and the Demons had little trouble scoring runs, but their defense let them down in their home opener. “We didn’t have it with our defense,” said Demons’ first-year head coach Chelsea Rodriguez, who played third base for the Skyhawks. “And we made some really timely mistakes.” Enlargephoto

Steve Lewis/Durango Herald

DHS senior Katelyn DeLuche and the Demons had little trouble scoring runs, but their defense let them down in their home opener. “We didn’t have it with our defense,” said Demons’ first-year head coach Chelsea Rodriguez, who played third base for the Skyhawks. “And we made some really timely mistakes.”

DHS sophomore Katrina Chandler and her Demons’ teammates struggled defensively in their home opener against the Montezuma-Cortez Panthers on Tuesday night at Aspen Field. Enlargephoto

Steve Lewis/Durango Herald

DHS sophomore Katrina Chandler and her Demons’ teammates struggled defensively in their home opener against the Montezuma-Cortez Panthers on Tuesday night at Aspen Field.