Delta and Glenwood Springs played some good baseball last Saturday (April 7) in Delta. The Panthers squeaked past Glenwood 7-6 in game one of a doubleheader but lost a 12-6 decision to the Demons in game two.
Delta 7, Steamboat 6
Steamboat Springs let the Panthers know right away they were in for some challenges on the diamond in game one of a doubleheader between the two teams. The Demons jumped on starting pitcher Tyler Sandoval for three runs in the first inning and held the lead for four innings until the Panthers tied it with two runs in the bottom of the fourth.
Delta put together a four-hit fifth inning that produced three runs and a 7-4 lead going to the sixth.
Steamboat Springs had three hits, two of them doubles, in the sixth and scored two runs to make the final score 7-6 in favor of Delta.
The Panthers scored their seven runs on 10 hits with help from three Demons' errors. Jordan Sandoval, Austin Hines and Chad Fedler shared hitting honors with two safeties each.
Glenwood had nine hits and six runs on one Delta error. Two players had a pair of hits for the Demons.
Steamboat 12, Delta 6
The Demons started off with a single run in the bottom of the first inning and Delta matched that in the top of the second.
Steamboat, with help from a wild pitch, notched their second run in the bottom of the second to go ahead.
The Panthers punched four runs across the plate on three hits and three walks in the third inning and the Demons scored one of their own to make it 5-3 heading to the fourth inning.
Delta was shut down in their half of the fourth and saw their small lead disappear when the Demons scored three times to take a 6-5 lead.
Jordan Sandoval gave the Panthers their first baserunner in the fifth after drawing a walk. Sandoval scored on a wild pitch to tie the game at 6-6.
A scoreless bottom of the fifth kept the game tied at 6-6 as the two teams prepared for the sixth inning.
The Panthers were unable to mount a threat in the sixth, but not so for the Demons. The first six hitters reached base with five of them touching home plate. With two outs, a walk issued to the number nine batter resulted in the game's final run before a strikeout ended the game.
Tyler Sandoval had a hot bat for the Panthers and hit safely in three plate appearances. Chris Lopez had two singles while Jordan Sandoval and Keaton Reiher had singles.
The Demons had two players with three hits and three batters with two hits each.
Delta is holding at the number three spot in league standings with a 7-5 record overall and 4-3 in 4A WSL play.
Eagle Valley is listed at the top with a 6-2 record and Palisade is second with the same mark.
Delta played in Durango on April 10 (results of that meeting will be in next week's paper). That single game is set for a 1 p.m. start.
The Panthers are host to Moffat County for doubleheader action this Saturday (April 14) with the first game scheduled for 11 a.m. on the Delta Middle School field.