Last week's baseball play wasn't as good of a start as Delta High School coach Steve Reiher wanted. His Panthers started the week with a potent Hotchkiss Bulldogs' baseball squad, which is on a five-game win streak, including its 2-1 victory over Delta on March 27 in Delta.
The Panthers rebounded from their loss to Hotchkiss and has reeled off doubleheader wins against Roosevelt (11-5 and 11-0) on March 29 and finished the week with a 19-2 3A WSL over Coal Ridge on April 1.
Bulldogs 2, Delta 1
Chase Hiatt's one-for-two day at the plate resulted in two RBIs for the Bulldogs in a game that wasn't decided until the seventh inning.
Hotchkiss scored the game's first run in the top of the first and made it hold up until the seventh inning.
The Panthers scored their lone run in the bottom of the seventh but fell short as the Bulldogs added the winning run in the top half of the frame.
The Bulldogs outhit Delta 8-6 with Jonathan Gonzalez and Marvin Guereque picking up two hits apiece for the winners. Presley Pene, Gonzalez and Jamison Yanish joined Hiatt with a double in the game.
Delta's six hits came off the bats of Blake Reiher, Josh Reeder, Darrin Rodriguez, Ethan Keller, Jaspar Carmichael and Justin Violett.
Gonzalez (2-0) was the winning pitcher with seven innings pitched, six hits, one run allowed and six strikeouts. Christian Hall (0-1) went four innings for the Panthers, giving up five hits, one run and striking out eight Hotchkiss batters. Dylan Hollenbeck went three innings in relief work allowing four hits, one run and striking out three batters.
Delta 11, Roosevelt 5
Delta was ready for its Wednesday (March 29) matchup against Roosevelt's Roughriders. The Panthers jumped out to a 3-0 lead after one inning and continued their hitting success for a 5-1 lead after two innings of play.
The Roughriders edged closer to Delta with two runs in the top of the third to trail 5-3 heading to the fourth inning.
Roosevelt scored once in the top of the fourth and was staggered by a three-run surge from the Panthers in the bottom half of the inning. Delta led 8-4 going to the fifth.
Both teams scored one run in the fifth giving the Panthers a 9-5 lead after five innings.
Delta's defense shut down the Roughrider's offense and added two more runs while on offense in the bottom of the sixth.
Roosevelt failed to score in the seventh making the final score 11-5.
Tristan Brown had a big day at the plate with two hits in three at bats, including a double and a home run, and four RBIs. Brown scored two times for the Panthers.
Reiher went two for three, scored three times, hit a double and knocked in two runs for Delta.
Ty McCurdy was two for four (with a double and a home run), scored twice and had an RBI. Damon Jensen's two hits included a home run.
Roosevelt's offense was led by Miguel Maldonado, who had two hits in four at bats, including a double and a home run, and two RBIs. Sam Grim had two hits with an RBI, and Connery O'Donnell had two hits, including a double.
Jaspar Carmichael (2-1) was the winning pitcher, working five innings and striking out seven batters. Keller went two innings and struck out one Roosevelt batter.
Delta 11, Roosevelt 0
Ethan Keller pitched four shutout innings against Roosevelt in game two of the Panthers doubleheader. The Panthers' offense generated 11 runs, before Justin Violett took the mound for the fifth inning. Violett limited the Roughriders to one hit and two runs in Delta's 11-0 win.
Delta took a 4-0 lead after one inning and added seven runs in the third. That was all the scoring there was in the five-inning game.
Jaspar Carmichael had a double in two at bats, scored twice and drove in three runs for Delta. Violett was two for three with two RBIs and Keller had a hit and two RBIs.
Delta 19, Titans 2
Delta batters hammered Coal Ridge pitching for 15 hits in a one-sided 3A WSL contest played in New Castle. Violett's three hits led the way for Delta and included a double and two RBIs.
A two-for-three day meant a double and three RBIs for Reiher, who also scored three times himself.
For the second time in a week, Tristan Brown had a four-RBI game. Saturday's game in New Castle included his second home run of the week. He also scored three runs in the conference win.
Other two-RBI days, for the Panthers, were had by McCurdy and Violett.
Drake Horn (2-0) earned the win after going three innings and giving up one hit and no runs. Reiher entered the game in the fourth inning and gave up two hits and two runs.
Delta finds itself second in the race for a 3A WSL title. The Panthers are 2-0 in league play and 7-4 overall.
Gunnison rests on top of the league with 1-0 and 5-1 records.
Delta is off for nearly a week and is scheduled to host Olathe on April 11 at 4 p.m.