Last year's Delta High School softball team finished with a record of 7-12. A better record is the goal for everyone in the program.
Steve Reiher will be in his second season as the head coach for the Lady Panthers and will be assisted by new coach, and teacher, Amber Balbas, Darrell Easter (sixth season) and Jerry Sandoval (two years).
There are 19 players on the roster in 2013 as Delta will enter only its second season as a team that is composed of Delta players only. Cedaredge High School combined with the rest of Delta County's softball athletes to make up the second softball team in the county.
There are only three seniors on the 2013 roster, and they are listed as impact players for Delta. Kasha Culver is a four-year player in the program and is the Lady Panthers' second baseman.
Brianna Music is another four-year softball athlete for Delta. She is a strong hitter and solid first baseman for the Lady Panthers.
Ashley Ortega is the final four-year softball player for Delta. She plays third base.
With only three seniors on the team, Delta will be short on experience but not heart.
There are three freshmen who are listed on this year's varsity roster who will make an impact before the season is over. Lily Lockhart is already proving to be valuable for the Lady Panthers. She is one of the starting pitchers for Delta and can hit the ball with power.
Megan Sandoval is the second freshman with solid skills and she is the starting catcher for Reiher's Lady Panthers. She, too, can hit the ball well and is an above average catcher.
Saydee Culver, as a freshman and the younger sister of Kasha, has good skills and a sense for the game. She is Delta's left fielder.
Reiher is excited for the coming season and expressed as much in an early-season scrimmage tournament in Grand Junction.
Delta faced a strong Montrose High School team last week and showed they can play by staying with them for four innings before the wheels came off the wagon.
Delta jumped out to an early 3-0 lead on a Lockhart three-run home run in the first inning of play. Lockhart came up again in the third inning and ripped a two-run double to account for the first five runs for Delta.
Montrose came back for four runs in the top of the second and another in the third for a 5-3 lead. Lockhart's double tied the game before Montrose went on a six-run spree in the fourth. The Lady Panthers rallied for two runs in the bottom of the fourth to make the score 9-7 with the Indians leading.
Delta's bats fell silent the rest of the way as Montrose took advantage of numerous errors to score six runs in the fifth and a whopping 10 more in the seventh to post a 26-7 win.blog comments powered by Disqus