Delta's Panthers split a pair of softball games this past week defeating Gunnison on Sept. 13, 13-9, and losing to Cedaredge, 13-3, on Sept. 15.
In Gunnison, the Panthers started with a three-run first inning for a 3-1 lead through three innings of play.
Gunnison's offense started heating up in the fourth inning with two runs and a 3-3 tie heading into the fifth frame.
The Cowboys came up with another two runs in the fifth and led 5-3 going into the sixth inning. Delta batters paraded to the plate for a four-run rally and took a 7-5 lead to the bottom of the inning. Gunnison plated one run cutting the Panthers' lead to 7-6 with one inning left to play.
Delta, with extra incentive, pulled the big bats out in the seventh inning and erupted for six runs and a 13-6 advantage with the Cowboys coming to bat.
Gunnison closed the seven-run deficit to four with a three-run rally of its own making the final score 13-9.
Delta had 14 hits in the game but committed five errors in the seven inning contest.
Senior Lily Lockhart was the leading run-producer for the Panthers with six RBIs coming on two hits in four at bats, including two home runs, and now leads Class 3A home-run hitters with seven. Lockhart also scored three runs in the win.
Sophomore Jenna Sutliff paced Delta's offense with four RBIs generated on a 2-4 day at the plate, including a home run. Sutliff is second in Class 3A home-run hitters with five.
The Cedaredge/Delta softball game results are found in a separate story in today's paper.
Delta plays host to Meeker on Sept. 23 for doubleheader action beginning at 1 p.m.
The Panthers are scheduled to host Gunnison on Monday, Sept. 26, at 4 p.m.
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Delta County Board of Commissioners called a special meeting to consider the board's response to the Bureau of Land Management's preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning the lease parcels proposed for the December BLM sale.
Several people from the North Fork were present to provide input.