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Bergman finishes off solid season

Former Golden Knight records to postseason victories but his team loses out on league championship.

September 17, 2011|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com

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 was impressive up to the very end for the Tri-City Dust Devils, but it wasn't enough to earn his team a league championship.

The Dust Devils (44-32), the class-A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, advanced all the way to the Northwest League Championship Series against the Vancouver Canadians, but dropped the three-game set.

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The St. Francis graduate finished the regular season with a 7-5 record and 2.59 earned-run average. He accumulated two shutouts, 68 strikeouts in 97.1 innings pitched, held opposing batters to a .226 batting average and was just as impressive in the postseason.

Bergman, a Northwest League All-Star, recorded a shutout against the Boise Hawks for his first professional playoff victory on Sept. 5. He went on to notch his second postseason win in the second game of the Northwest League Championship series against the Canadians on Sept. 10 after Vancouver took the series opener, 6-3, on Sept. 9.

Bergman was able to pick up his second professional playoff victory, but it was tougher to come by, as he gave up eight hits, including a homer, two runs and struck out four batters in six innings. He exited the game with his team up, 5-2, and the Dust Devils' bullpen came through and held Vancouver to just one run over the next three innings, as Tri-City got the 5-3 win.

Tri-City's season came to a close Sept. 11 after dropping the deciding game of the best-of-three series, 9-2.

Joe De Pinto (St. Francis High, 2007) second baseman, Great Falls Voyagers: De Pinto knew he'd be counted on to produce in the playoffs, entering the postseason as the team's most valuable player after a team vote at the end of the regular season.

De Pinto lived up to the honor and finished the regular season with a .285 batting average (75 for 263), 18 doubles, five home runs, 46 runs batted in and seven steals. He also maintained a .388 on-base and .433 slugging percentage.

The Great Falls Voyagers, a rookie league squad with the Chicago White Sox, faced the Missoula Osprey in the Pioneer League's North Division best-of-three playoff series after the Osprey won the first half of the Pioneer League North Division's season with a 25-13 record (41-35 overall) and Great Falls took the second half with a 25-13 record (42-34) — one game better than the second-place Billings Mustangs.

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