Delta earns spot in 4A regional softball play

By Wayne Crick


Delta earns spot in 4A regional softball play | Softball, DHS

Photo by Wayne Crick Delta junior Megan Sandoval begins eyeing the reception she is about to receive after hitting a three-run home run against Eagle Valley last week.

With last Friday's 15-2 win over the visiting Eagle Valley Devils, Delta vaulted into the 2015 post-season softball playoffs.

The Panthers, despite winning their third straight 4A WSL title, find themselves shunned for a chance to host a regional playoff site. Delta finished the season with a 15-4 record and drew a 22nd seed designation. To begin their chase for a state title, the Panthers will have to travel to Pueblo to take part in the Region 6 tournament on Oct. 17.

Pueblo West, 14-4-1, South Central League, enters play as the ninth seed and plays number 27 Elizabeth, 16-3, Colorado 7 League, at 10 a.m. On the other side of the bracket, at 10 a.m., is number 22 Delta, 15-4, WSL, and 11th seeded Windsor, 11-8, out of the Tri-Valley League.

Game three will pit winners of games one and two against each other at 12:15 p.m., with the losers of games one and two playing at 12:15, with that loser being eliminated.

The loser of game three faces game four's winner for the right to play in the Region 6 championship. Teams playing in game five are automatically state qualifiers in the following week's championship series on Oct. 23-24.

Delta coach Steve Reiher was pleased with the draw his team received.

To close the season, Delta hosted Eagle Valley for the season finale for both teams. The Devils, 1-5 and 3-12-1, struggled through three innings before scoring their first run in the fourth inning.

Delta, on the strength of 14 runs through the first three innings, scored once in the fourth and then held the Devils to one run in the fifth on the way to its 15-2 conference win.

Freshman Jenna Sutliff wielded a hot bat for the Panthers with three hits accounting for four runs scored and a double.

Junior Megan Sandoval had two hits in four at bats with two runs scored, a home run and four RBIs. Lily Lockhart was two-for-two with three runs scored and two RBIs. Keilee Womack finished with two hits and Rachel Huerkamp had a double for the winners.

Ragan Bossow led the Devils with two hits, including a double.

Hannah Easter picked up her sixth win against one loss. Lockhart also saw action in the circle with one inning pitched.