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Bergman stays hot in playoffs

Former Golden Knight records his first professional postseason victory with the Dust Devils.

September 09, 2011|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com
  • Christian Bergman (Courtesy of the Tri-City Dust Devils)
Christian Bergman (Courtesy of the Tri-City Dust Devils)

The following are updates on local baseball players at the minor league level.

Christian Bergman (St. Francis High, 2006) starting pitcher, Tri-City Dust Devils: Bergman added to his impressive season on Monday with a playoff victory for the Tri-City Dust Devils, the class-A affiliate of theColorado Rockies.

The former All-Area Baseball Player of the Year allowed two hits and one walk, striking out eight batters in seven innings pitched in the Northwest League's Divisional Series against the Boise Hawks. Bergman threw 88 pitches, 62 of which were strikes.

"I definitely wanted to come out and command the strike zone," Bergman told the Tri-City Herald.

Bergman carried a no-hitter through 5 1/3 innings and picked up the win, his first professional playoff win, in a 6-0 Dust Devils victory over the Hawks.

"We were confident with Bergman on the mound," Dust Devils first baseman Tyler Massey told the Tri-City Herald. "Maybe we've been spoiled by how successful [Bergman] has been all year. This puts us in great position with the next two at home."

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The Dust Devils would go on to defeat Boise again Tuesday, 9-1, sweeping the three-game series, and advancing to the Northwest League's Championship series against the Vancouver Canadians, which begins today at 7:15 p.m.

Joe De Pinto (St. Francis High, 2007) second baseman, Great Falls Voyagers: The former Golden Knight's new team, the Great Falls Voyagers — a rookie league squad with the Chicago White Sox — came into Thursday's game against the Missoula Osprey knowing they needed a win to qualify for the postseason.

De Pinto came into Thursday night's game, with a spot in the Pioneer League playoffs on the line, swinging a pretty hot bat. The second baseman had collected 11 hits in his past eight games and 35 at-bats. He also had three runs batted in during that span.

For the season, De Pinto is hitting .284 (74 for 261) with 17 doubles, five home runs, 46 RBI and seven steals. He's also maintained a .381 on-base and .429 slugging percentage. De Pinto looked to stay hot and deliver the Voyagers, who are 24-13 in the second half and 41-34 overall, one more win.

Great Falls carried a one-game lead over the Billings Mustangs in the second half of the Pioneer League North Division's season. A win for the Voyagers or loss for the Mustangs, who play the Helena Brewers, on Thursday would secure a trip to the playoffs for Great Falls.

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