Delta High School's trip to regional softball playoffs was exciting and painful, as the local team lost its chance to advance to this year's state playoffs. Broomfield dealt the Lady Panthers a 13-6 loss in game one of regional action in Broomfield.
The Panthers were eliminated from the 2013 state playoffs when Pueblo Central came from behind to score a thrilling 11-10 win and secure the final playoff spot in Region 6.
Montrose (14-5), the number-17 seed, also lost its bid to move on, with an opening-round loss to number 16 Palmer Ridge, 13-2. The Lady Indians won their second game against number 32 Mead, 10-6, and then lost a rematch with Palmer Ridge 13-3 to be ousted from the 2013 4A state softball playoffs.
The two losses in Region 6 play leave Delta with a season record of 15-6, which is a monumental turnaround from the 2012-13 season where Delta was 7-11.
In just its second season as a Delta-only squad, the Lady Panthers have begun laying down a pattern of excellence that should extend into the future.
BHS 13, Delta 6
Broomfield's Eagles came into the Region 6 playoffs as the number-six seed with a 12-6 record. The matchup with Delta was even for a while.
Delta worked its way to an early 4-0 lead in the first inning of play. That lead did not last long as the Lady Eagles responded with a four-run surge of their own.
Delta's defense was porous in the second inning as the Lady Panthers gave up five more runs after scoring a single run in the top of the inning.
Neither team scored in the third inning and Broomfield added to its lead with two runs in the bottom of the fourth for an 11-5 lead.
Both teams plated a run in the fifth and Broomfield tacked on one more run in the bottom of the sixth for the final score of 13-6.
Kasha Culver was the hitting star for Delta with three hits in three at bats and scored two runs.
Lily Lockhart took the loss for Delta.
Pueblo C. 11, Delta 10
Four Delta players had three hits in their 11-10 loss to Pueblo Central in a qualifying game.
Lockhart was the Lady Panthers' top hitter with three hits in four at bats and three RBIs. She had a triple to go with her stats for the game.
The other three-hit players for Delta included Megan Sandoval, Bryanna Music and Culver. Keilee Womack was two-for-three with an RBI.
Two-run first innings for both teams made the game look as though the game was going to be high scoring. Pueblo Central took the lead with two runs in the bottom of the second.
Each team scored once in the third and the Lady Wildcats scored once in the fourth to take a 6-3 lead to the fifth.
Delta plated a pair of runs to trail by one, 6-5, in the fifth. A five-run sixth lifted the Lady Panthers to a 10-6 lead with Pueblo Central coming to bat. The Wildcats scored once to trail 10-7 with one inning left to play.
A four-run seventh inning broke the hearts of Delta players and fans alike as Pueblo Central earned the Region 6 final playoff spot.
Delta coach Steve Reiher had some thoughts on the Lady Panthers' final weekend of softball action in 2013. "We swung it very well in both games. Really and truly exchanged punches with both teams. We just couldn't get out of our own way on defense. We only gave up three earned runs against Broomfield and seven against Pueblo. I thought Lily pitched well enough to win both games; we just didn't help her defensively. Kasha swung it well all day for us. Lily and Megan swung it well in game two and Bry was pretty solid as well. Ashley Ortega played as well defensively as I've seen her play. Good experience, and I think it is really going to help our underclassmen grow. It's always tough to see the seniors play their last game, but they leave this program as they did for the two years I was with them ... pure dignity and class."blog comments powered by Disqus