Delta softball season ends

By Wayne Crick


Delta softball season ends | Softball, DHS

Photo by Wayne Crick Lily Lockhart watches as the ball arcs its way over the fence for a home run in a game against Durango earlier in the year. Lockhart finished with 14 dingers.

Delta coach Steve Reiher was disappointed in the results of last weekend's Region 6 play in Pueblo. The Panthers, according to Reiher, "picked the worst time to play sub-par games."

In their first game of the day, the Panthers (#22) fell behind early and never found a way to recover in a 14-4 loss to #11 Windsor. The Wizards scored three runs in the first inning, six more in the second and put a four-spot on the board in the third.

Delta gave up one more run in the fourth frame before rattling the bats for four runs in the top of the fifth. No runs were scored after that and the final score was 14-4.

Junior Lily Lockhart was 1-for-3 with an RBI to lead Delta's offense. Rachel Huerkamp, Megan Sandoval, Saydee Culver and Shayanne Steele all had a hit for the Panthers in the loss.

The Panthers faced #27 Elizabeth in their next game. The Cardinals were not as run-oriented as Windsor, but did start the scoring with four runs in the bottom of the third. After a Delta run in the top of the fourth, Windsor plated three runs in each of the fourth and fifth innings to take a 10-1 lead to the last inning, where a single run ended the game, 11-1.

Highlighting play in this game, for the Panthers, was Lockhart's monster home run that cleared the fences by at least 30 feet.

Five players finished with a hit in the game for Delta. Lockhart's blast was her 14th of the season, a mark that surpassed any, and all, classification leaders in the state. A check into a four-state region indicated Lockhart's feat was not matched.

In reflecting on the season, Reiher was complimentary of his squad. "I thought we had a great week of practice going into the tournament. Windsor is a very good team and they flat swing it and are aggressive on the bases."

"Highlights of the year would be how well we pitched on a game-to-game basis. I thought we pitched very well this year. I was proud of Keilee (Womack), Hannah (Easter) and Lily (Lockhart) for how they competed all season in the circle. They brought it every game."

"I would also say the power in our lineup was a highlight. We finished with 32 home runs. Lily hit some of the farthest home runs I've been a part of and did it on a consistent basis," noted Reiher.

The final day of softball for many of the players was bittersweet for Reiher. "This was a special group because these seniors were my first group of freshmen. It's always so gratifying to see young athletes grow and mature as athletes and as young adults. What a great group of girls I have had the honor of coaching."

Delta finished the season with a 15-6 overall record.