Delta's baseball team got busy again after its annual spring break. The Panthers played Steamboat Springs in a make-up game in Rifle and then faced the visiting Summit Tigers in double-header action over the weekend. All three games were wins for the Panthers.
Delta 11, SS 0
In a game that originally was scheduled to be played in Delta due to weather, Delta started slow and was held scoreless for two innings. The make-up game was scheduled to be played in Craig but school officials eventually agreed to play in Rifle instead.
Neither team was prepared to play offense at first, but Delta was the first to show signs of one with a three-run rally in the third inning.
Delta's defense continued to thwart the Sailors' offense for the next three innings while its offense posted two runs in the fourth, one in the fifth, and five more in the sixth to end the game by way of the 10-run rule at 11-0.
Tyler Sandoval had a big day for Delta with two hits for three RBIs. Keaton Reiher also had two safeties, including a double and an RBI.
Lino Ortiz and Marcus Garcia had good days with the bat and produced two RBIs each with two hits in four at bats for the Panthers.
Reiher and Isaiah Kathrein combined for a four-hit shutout. Reiher got the win.
Delta 11, Summit 4
This contest was close to being over in the sixth inning. An attempt to score Kenny Wood from third base would have ended the game had the pitch to the batter not been a strike. The strike ended the inning as it was the third strike with two outs showing on the scoreboard.
Each team scored once in the first inning. After that, it was all Delta.
The Panthers tallied two runs in the bottom of the second and another four in the third frame to take a 7-1 lead.
Summit plated one run in the top of the fourth and the game stayed at 7-2 until the sixth inning, where the Panthers put together a four-run rally that put Delta up 11-2.
The Tigers got two runs on four hits in the top of the seventh before a fly ball to center field ended the game at 11-4.
Ryan Whiteside wielded a big bat for Delta as he collected four RBIs on two hits. Austin Kimber also had a pair of hits and finished with an RBI.
Kyle McCurmick had two hits and an RBI for the Sailors and Andy Falcone had two RBIs with one hit.
Delta 17 Summit 6
Delta was the visiting team in the second half of Saturday's twin bill. The Panthers failed to score in the top of the first and trailed 1-0 going to the second inning.
From there, the game belonged to the Panthers. Delta hammered the Tigers pitcher for seven runs in the second and added three in the third for a 10-1 lead with Summit coming to bat. When the inning had finished, Delta led 10-4.
The icing on the cake began to form in the fourth with Delta's offense pounding the Tigers for five more runs and a 15-4 lead.
Summit tacked on a pair of runs in the fifth, forcing the game to be prolonged. Delta got two runs in the top of the seventh and shut out the Tigers in their half of the inning for a 17-6 4A WSL win.
Delta is holding onto second place with records of 8-1 and 12-2 while Palisade leads the pack at 11-0 and 14-2. The two teams met on Tuesday for the team title. Results of that contest will appear in next week's paper.
Next for Delta is a May 2 meeting against Eagle Valley (6-3, 7-7) in Delta. Game time is set for 3 p.m. On Saturday, the Panthers travel to Glenwood Springs (2-5, 4-8) for a double-header beginning at 11 a.m.
Delta concludes regular season play on Monday, May 6, in Gypsum against Eagle Valley. Game time is 4 p.m.
Post-season play will be announced after all games have been played in the regular season.blog comments powered by Disqus