Delta’s Panthers were looking to make amends from their first encounter with Montrose’s Indians on March 22 where they fell 6-0. Last week’s game, with the Indians wasn’t exactly what Delta wanted as Montrose outhit the Panthers 11-6 to score a 10-1 decision. Isaiah Kathrein beats the throw from Montrose’s second baseman after driving a double to right-center.
Montrose is a 4A baseball team playing in a 5A division. The Indians have put together a good season in 2012 with an 11-3 overall mark and 4-3 in the tough 5A SWL.
Only Durango, the league leader, has beaten the Indians twice this season. Grand Junction was the other loss for the Indians.
Delta has been a thorn in the side of Montrose some years, but, this was not one of those years. Montrose defeated the Panthers 6-0 on March 22 and more recently (April 24) outslugged Delta 10-1.
The Indians worked starting Delta pitcher Jordan Sandoval and his replacement, Tyler Sandoval, for 11 hits and 10 runs. Jordan Sandoval worked the first three frames giving up eight hits and seven runs. Tyler worked four innings and gave up just three hits and three runs.
Montrose eased to a 1-0 lead after one inning of play and held a 7-0 lead going to the bottom of the third.
A scoring spurt in the third inning delivered Delta's only run on a double from Keaton Reiher to score Kenny Wood who had reach on a single earlier in the inning.
Montrose picked up a pair of runs in the fifth and one more in the sixth to account for their 10 runs.
There were only three errors recorded in the game with the Panthers charged with committing two of them. Of the six Delta players who had hits, Reiher and Isaiah Kathrein had doubles.
Montrose's offense was fueled by the three-for-three plate performance by Haynes.
Delta is 6-3 in league play and 9-7 overall to sit in second place behind Palisade who is 9-0 and 14-2.
The Panthers will conclude their regular-season schedule this week with games against Palisade (Tuesday, May 1) and a doubleheader with Eagle Valley's Devils in Gypsum on Saturday.
Post-season play will be determined once all regular-season games have been played and records compiled for seeding purposes.