For Marty Rover and his Delta Panther baseball team, the opening day was a success with Delta sweeping the visiting Battle Mountain Huskies in doubleheader action, 4-3 and 13-0.
Tyler Sandoval worked some magic on the mound in game one and took a no-hitter into the bottom of the seventh inning before giving up his first hit and an eventual three-run inning for the Huskies.
But the Panthers held on for the 4-3 win. Keaton Reiher and Isaiah Kathrein combined efforts to spin a one-hit shutout in game two.
Delta 4, BM 3
Sandoval's first appearance of the year on the mound for Delta was a doosie. Sandoval, a sophomore, had a no-hitter entering the seventh inning and was facing the middle of the order.
Prior to the seventh inning, the Huskies had managed to get just two baserunners on. An error in the first inning allowed Battle Mountain's Lybarger to reach. It was the only inning, until the seventh, where the Huskies had more than three batters in an inning.
Delta got a hit off the bat of Brendan Kortz in the first inning but failed to plate him.
The most damage for Delta came in the second frame where the Panthers picked up three runs on three hits and one Battle Mountain error. Jordan Oeltjenbruns and Ryan Whiteside had singles in the inning while Austin Hines hammered a double.
Chris Lopez doubled in the fifth and came around to give Delta their fourth run of the game.
Battle Mountain's seventh inning began with a ground out from shortstop Keaton Reiher to Isaiah Kathrein.
A single to Duran, a walk to Weiss and another single to Robbins loaded the bases for the Huskies in the bottom of the seventh. The two hits in the inning broke up Tyler's no-hit bid. Two errors in the inning by Delta's defense aided in the Huskies scoring their three runs for the 4-3 final tally.
Delta 13, BM 0
The Panthers used a two-hit, three-run, first inning to catapult themselves to a big 4A conference win and a sweep over the visiting Huskies. Reiher led off with a walk and Sandoval continued his good outing with a two-run home run to give the Panthers an early 2-0 lead.
Lopez and Kortz reached on walks with Hines stroking a single to score Lopez for Delta's third run of the inning.
Kathrein opened the second inning by reaching on an error and Sandoval was hit by a pitch to reach first. Both Kathrein and Sandoval scored in the inning to give the Panthers a 5-0 lead.
Kathrein had a single in the third and scored to give Delta a 6-0 lead.
The Panthers' biggest offensive inning was the fourth where they pounded Battle Mountain pitching for five hits and four runs. Lopez, Kortz, Kenny Wood, and Kathrein all had singles while Whiteside ripped a double.
Delta scored three more in the top of the fifth to finish their scoring in the game. Horn drew a walk with Seth Hartmen and Kortz getting singles. All three base-
runners scored to make the final score 13-0.
Keaton picked up the win with Kathrein seeing action in the latter stages of the game. Kortz took pitches from both pitchers behind the plate.
Battle Mountain never had more than five batters come to the plate in any one inning. Their only hit of the game came off Reiher in the third when Pellerito ran into a fast ball that made it to the outfield.
Delta pounded out 12 hits in the win with Lopez and Kortz going two for two and Kathrein getting two hits in four-at-bats.
When asked about the bright spots in the two games played, Rover responded by praising the efforts of his young pitcherblog comments powered by Disqus