The top two teams from the 4A WSL met at Suplizio Field Tuesday (Apr. 30). The winner would have undisputed control of the WSL 4A division.
A previous meeting between these two teams produced a lopsided 13-2 win for the Bulldogs in Delta.
The Panthers completed a makeup game with Eagle Valley on Thursday, May 2, and eased their way to a 6-4 win.
Delta finished the busy week off with a double-header sweep over Glenwood Springs on Saturday, 12-2 and 5-4.
Palisade 11, Delta 10
Tuesday's encounter was much closer, with Palisade using a monster fourth inning to secure an 11-10 victory.
With the win, Palisade has the top shelf in team standings all to itself with a 14-0 league mark and 17-2 overall. The Panthers fell to 11-2 and 15-3 but retained their second place, with third-place Rifle two full games back at 9-5 and 13-6.
Delta started with one run in the first inning and added another two in the second frame for a 3-0 lead going to the third.
Palisade scored its first run in the bottom of the third inning. The Panthers rebounded with four runs in the top of the fourth taking a 7-1 lead. When the dust had settled following the Bulldogs' half of the inning, Palisade was leading 8-7. The Bulldogs had five hits and three walks to help them overhaul Delta.
Another run in the bottom of the fifth boosted Palisade's lead to 9-7.
Delta rallied for three runs in the top of the sixth and regained the lead at 10-9.
Palisade's offense came up with a pair of triples in the bottom of the sixth and eventually plated two runs for the important 11-10 win.
Jeremiah Baier had three RBIs on two hits, including a double, to lead the Panthers' offense. Ryan Whiteside had three hits, with a double, and an RBI. Keaton Reiher was two for four with two RBIs and Derek Horn and Isaiah Kathrein posted two-hit days. Horn had two doubles on the day.
Palisade's Campbell had three hits, two RBIs, and a triple to pace Palisade hitters.
Kathrein was the losing pitcher and Tass Crow got the win for Palisade.
Delta 6, EV 4
Eagle Valley smelled upset after the first inning and a 2-0 lead. After adding another run in the second, the Devils were beginning to feel the excitment. A third-inning run made it 4-0 with the Panthers coming to bat.
Delta finally got the bats going with three runs crossing home plate in the third inning. Reiher led off with a single and eventually advanced to third on an error. Baier's single drove in Reiher with Tyler Sandoval coming to bat. Sandoval found a 2-2 pitch he really liked and deposited it beyond the center field fence for a two-run dinger.
Neither team scored in the fourth and Delta found its bats again in the bottom of the fifth for a three-run rally to end the game's scoring at 6-4. Sandoval led off the inning with his second home run of the game.
Sandoval, Baier and Reiher each pounded the ball for three hits apiece in Delta's 15-hit attack. Sandoval was the biggest spark for the Panthers with three RBIs, three-for-three hitting (including two home runs), and scoring twice. Baier had an RBI and Reiher a double in his three safeties.
Marcus Garcia complimented the Panthers' hitting attack with two hits, including a double.
Sandoval started on the bump for Delta but was relieved by Kathrein after three innings. Sandoval had six strikeouts and Kathrein finished with seven to earn the victory.
Delta 12, GS 2
A good start for Delta led to a 7-1 lead for the Panthers after three full innings of play. Another three runs in the fifth put the Panthers on cruise control with a 10-1 lead.
Delta got two more runs in the sixth and the Demons scored one to make the final score 12-2 by way of the 10-run rule.
Sandoval continued his torrid hitting with four hits in four at bats with three RBIs and a double. Reiher had two RBIs and two hits, including a double, and Baier was one for four with three RBIs.
Glenwood's Saccido had three hits and an RBI to pace the Demons' offense.
Delta 5, GS 4
In the second game of its double-header with Glenwood Springs, the Panthers found themselves in a battle.
The Demons took a 2-0 lead after one inning of play. Delta knotted the score at 2-2 in the top of the second but fell behind again when Glenwood Springs scored one run in the bottom of the inning.
A scoreless third gave way to a three-run rally in the fourth for Delta. Glenwood Springs responded with a single run in the bottom of the fourth to end scoring for both teams with Delta leading 5-4.
Eason Byers got a start for the Panthers and showed his grit with a two-hit day, including two RBIs. Reiher had a double for two RBIs and Horn smacked a triple.
Horn was the winning pitcher for Delta and Saccido was saddled with the loss.blog comments powered by Disqus