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Bergman finishes strong

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

September 13, 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 added to his impressive season on Sept. 5 with a playoff victory for the Tri-City Dust Devils, the class-A affiliate of the Colorado 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.

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"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."

The Dust Devils would go on to defeat Boise again Sept. 6, 9-1, sweeping the three-game series, and advancing to the Northwest League's Championship series against the Vancouver Canadians.

Bergman recorded his second professional playoff win against the Canadians on Saturday. He gave up eight hits, including a homer, two runs and struck out four batters in six innings. The Dust Devils' bullpen 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 on Sunday after dropping the deciding game of the best-of-three series, 9-2. Vancouver also won the series opener 6-3 on Friday.

Joe De Pinto (St. Francis High, 2007) second baseman, Great Falls Voyagers: The former Golden Knight made an impact with his new team, the Great Falls Voyagers — a rookie league squad with the Chicago White Sox — as he was voted the team's most valuable player this year.

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