For second-year coach Marty Rover, another season has come and gone with little outward reward for the efforts of his young Delta Panthers. There were gains that may not have been obvious to others, but Rover saw the change.
"We were young but came along as the season progressed."
Delta finished 8-4 in league play and was 11-9 after their 17-0 playoff loss to the Durango Demons last Saturday in Durango.
The Demons were all over Delta starting pitcher Tyler Sandoval for 10 hits and 10 runs (nine earned) in the two innings he worked. Jordan Sandoval came into the game in the third inning and was treated almost as bad as he gave up seven hits and seven runs in his two innings of work. "They could flat out swing the bat," said Rover.
Durango opened with six runs in the bottom of the first and plated four more in the second.
A quiet third inning gave way to a seven-run explosion by the Demons in the fourth. That was more than enough as Delta failed to score in the top of the fifth to end the game by the 10-run rule. Keaton Reiher had two of Delta's five hits in the loss.
Durango, a member of the SWL in regular season play, had two players with three hits and four with two hits.blog comments powered by Disqus