Everything was good as the game began. Delta's Panthers had just scored two runs in the top of the first inning and expectations were high.
Even though Delta's Panthers had an up and down softball season they believed in themselves and proved that belief by securing a berth in this week's 3A state softball tournament in Aurora.
Delta played last Saturday in Region 4 (in Lamar) as the 13 seed, defeated 20th seed Lyons 10-4 in first round play last.
Cedaredge High School's softball season came to an abrupt halt last Saturday in Brush.
The Bruins, playing in 3A Region 1, were seeded 17th and faced number 16 seed, Valley, out of 3A District 5.
Delta High School's softball team faced a brutal schedule its final week of regulation play. The Panthers were in Cortez on Monday (Oct. 2) where they split a doubleheader, losing 12-2 and winning 10-9.
Cedaredge High School's softball team won two of three games played this past week. The Bruins cruised past Gunnison, 11-3, on Oct. 3 and played a doubleheader against Gunnison Oct. 6.
Meeker's Cowboys have sewn up the 3A District 5 softball team title after sweeping through last week's schedule with wins over Cedaredge, Gunnison (doubleheader wins) and Aspen. The Cowboys are 10-1 in league play and 15-3 overall.
Cedaredge High School's softball team created an electric atmosphere with its enthusiasm last Friday during the early innings of a key 3A District 5 softball matchup. The Bruins built a 9-4 lead before Delta put together back-to-back seven and six-run innings to forge an improbable come-from-behind 19-9 victory.
The steadiest playing team in 3A District 5 softball play in 2017 has been Meeker's Cowboys, which just happen to be the league's top team with a 7-1 league record and 12-3 overall. Delta, the league's fourth-place team at 3-2 and 6-6, traveled to Meeker for doubleheader action last week.
After playing in Gunnison on Tuesday, Sept. 19, Cedaredge Bruins' softball team raced past the Cowboys, 21-8, and now rests in second place in the 3A WSL District 5 race.
Cedaredge (4-1, 4-7 overall) broke a 7-7 tie in the sixth inning with a 14-run barrage to propel the Bruins to a 21-8 decision over Gunnison (2-3, 2-11).
Last week's Cedaredge (3A) homecoming week softball action included a big win over Meeker (3A) and a pair of losses in games with Delta (3A) and Rifle (4A).
The Bruins hosted Meeker, and won 7-5, on Tuesday (Sept. 12).
In an early game played last week, Delta High School's softball team hosted Gunnison's Cowboys in a 3A District 5 contest.
Delta lit a fire around the base paths in the first inning to score seven runs on its way to a 13-3 decision.
Coach Jerry Sandoval's Panthers came away with back-to-back wins during a doubleheader with the Durango Demons Friday afternoon. Durango was 7-0 coming into the contest.
After opening with a solid softball victory in Aspen the previous week, Cedaredge's Bruins found Faith Christian's Eagles a bit more scrappy in an 11-3 loss in Gunnison last Saturday.
The Bruins trailed 9-0 after just two innings of play and were searching for their offense throughout the contest.
Delta's softball season continued with a pair of contests against Montrose and Faith Christian. The Panthers and Indians played in Delta Aug. 29 and ended with Delta claiming a 14-9 victory.
Cedaredge High School's softball team opened its 2017 campaign on a successful note by racing past Aspen, 25-8, on Aug. 21.
The contest, played in Aspen, took just four innings to complete with the Bruins dominating after the first inning of action.
Former Delta High School graduate Jerry Sandoval has made it to the top of the ladder in coaching prep sports. Sandoval has coached softball for many years at various levels and shares an obvious enthusiasm for softball with his first-year varsity team.
The diagram on the left represents the blueprints for the proposed Hotchkiss High School/North Fork Pool and Parks Recreation District baseball/softball fields provided by Mesa Engineering and Surveying Co., Inc., in Montrose.
The North Fork Pool, Parks & Recreation District has partnered with Hotchkiss Home Plate Baseball Association to build a baseball and softball complex to the North Fork Pool on Bulldog Street. They are currently working on a Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) grant application to fund the project.
After many years, the North Fork Pool, Park and Recreation District is moving forward on its next phase to bring more recreational opportunities to the valley, this time in the form of new baseball and softball fields.
"We have partnered with Hotchkiss Home Plate to continue our master plan of building baseball fields at the Crossroads property," said Lenore Cambria, the district administrator of the NFPPRD.
A team of Delta County men held off a late-game rally to defeat a Montrose team and win the Cherry Days men's division of the wood bat softball tournament. The win came with a $500 cash prize.
Take advantage of the mild fall weather and extend summer's healthy fun by registering your team for the City of Delta's fall softball league.
Register now through July 30 for the coed, women's or men's leagues for $225 per team and a $20 player fee.
This year's Bill Heddles Recreational Center's summer adult softball program is nearing another completed season. Teams in four leagues battle for top honors as season-ending tournaments approach.
Eaton sophomore Allie Hobbs was taking a page out of Delta's Lily Lockhart's historic softball run in Delta. The hard-hitting slugger cranked a two-run shot in the bottom of the first inning to elevate the Reds to a 5-1 lead after one inning of play.
An off day at the plate for Cedaredge High School's softball team resulted in a sub-par performance in the Bruins' opening round of the 3A State Softball Championships in Aurora on Friday. The Bruins have been more than average in hitting statistics all year long but failed to solve Sterling's pitching on Friday in Aurora.
Five Western Slope 3A softball teams began the past weekend seeking second-round berths in the 2016 state playoffs. All but Gunnison have advanced past regional competition and are set to participate in this weekend's state tournament held in Aurora.
The Cedaredge Bruins were on their game when they took on Gunnison's Cowboys on Oct. 4 in Gunnison. A 13-hit attack produced a 15-5 win after the Bruins rallied for seven runs in the top of the seventh inning.
Even though Delta's Panthers lost their softball game against Basalt, 6-5, the Panthers own an 11-8 overall record after defeating Aspen in doubleheader action 20-0 and 19-0 this past week.
Delta is third in 3A District 5 standings behind Basalt (11-1 and 15-4) and Cedaredge (10-2 and 14-5) with the regular season play completed. All three teams are headed to post-season play.
Delta's softball team picked up some serious ground this past week with four wins in 3A District 5 play. The week began with Gunnison coming to town on Sept. 26 and ended with a doubleheader against the visiting Cortez Panthers on Friday, Sept. 30.
Cedaredge's Bruins won two softball games last week; one against Meeker, 15-14, and the second was a 15-4 decision over Palisade's Bulldogs.
Against Meeker, the Bruins were outhit 19-10 but managed to get the winning run in the seventh inning.
Two swings of the bat and Delta had a 7-6 lead over the visiting Meeker Cowboys in game one of a 2A WSL doubleheader softball encounter. The Panthers would add one more to its total and finished the game with an 8-6 win.
A six-run first inning more than set the tone for the rest of the game as Cedaredge rambled past Gunnison's Cowboys by a score of 12-2 in prep softball action during Homecoming week.
The Bruins, 6-1 and 9-4, jumped on Gunnison, 2-4 and 2-11, for six runs and added another four-spot in the third frame for a 10-0 lead heading to the fourth inning.
Two softball wins within the WSL is a lot to be thankful for. Cedaredge's softball team defeated league foes Meeker and Delta last week but suffered a tough loss to 4A Rifle during a busy week of action.
Cedaredge battled past the Cowboys, 15-10, on Sept. 13 and powered its way past first-time league foe Delta, on Sept. 15, 13-3, to record two important wins in the 3A WSL race. Unfortunately, a late inning run spelled defeat (6-5) in Rifle.
Delta's Panthers split a pair of softball games this past week defeating Gunnison on Sept. 13, 13-9, and losing to Cedaredge, 13-3, on Sept. 15.
In Gunnison, the Panthers started with a three-run first inning for a 3-1 lead through three innings of play.
Delta's Panthers picked up a pair of wins in softball with a sweep of doubleheader action in Durango. The Panthers won the first game 12-5 and scored a 16-1 decision in game two. The wins leave Delta at 0-1 in 3A WSL play and 3-5 overall.
The Cedaredge Bruins faced a brutal softball schedule this past week, beginning on Tuesday with a doubleheader in Basalt, a game in Aspen and then a weekend tournament in Berthoud in which the Bruins played four more games making it a total of seven contests in just three days.
The good news is the Bruins won four of the seven games bringing their season record to 6-3.
The softball season is young but Cedaredge's Bruins are playing well and served notice that they are a contender in 3A softball ranks. A 7-6 win over 3A District 1 opponent Faith Christian leaves the Bruins with a 2-0 record.
A much-needed win for Delta's softball team came in Montrose last week. The Panthers came into the Aug. 30 contest sporting an 0-4 record.
Things are looking up for Delta High School's Panthers. The prospect of competing in a league suited to the enrollment of the school is gratifying for Delta softball coach Steve Reiher.
Cedaredge High School softball coach Matt Hall has high expectations once again as a new season of softball gets underway.
Last year's Bruins posted a record of 13-9, including a league championship and a trip to state.
Despite a 13-hit attack, Delta's Panthers could not contain the bats of Basalt in an 11-8 loss that took eight innings to complete.
Playing in its new Class 2A league, Delta was able to stymie the Longhorns for much of the game but didn't have enough offense to finish the deal.
Cedaredge High School enjoyed its season opener in softball with a 19-0 win over the visiting Aspen Skiers.
Brittany Kendall and Lacey Rodriguez combined efforts on the mound to produce a one-hit shutout.
Fall sports, with the exception of boys golf, is slated to get underway this week. Golf programs at both Delta High School and Cedaredge High School have been playing since Aug. 11.
This year's title of 'best in ladies slowpitch softball' belongs to Cornerstone Home Lending. After winning the league title by a wide margin, Cornerstone rolled through this year's tournament bracket with three wins and no losses.
An opening day game against H & R Block was a win against one of the decades top teams.
Cornerstone Home Lending drew a bye in the first round of Tuesday night's Gold Coed League tournament on June 28. Number four Delta Metals (3-9) and number five Twist Off (1-11) opened the tournament with first-game honors, and the right to face Hometown in round two.
Take advantage of our mild fall weather and extend your summer fun by registering your team for the City of Delta's fall softball league.
Register now through July 31 for the coed, women's or men's leagues for only $225 per team, plus a $20 player fee.
All the leaders from Bill Heddles Rec Center's adult softball leagues survived last week's challenges and continued their hold on first place.
Hometown Electric/1440 Image (9-0) stayed one game ahead of Delta Family Fun Park (9-1) in Monday night's Silver Coed play.
Action at Mountain View Park features play in four divisions of slowpitch softball. All four leagues have leaders with unblemished records following last week's play.
Prep sports are officially completed, for Delta County schools, following the recent conclusion of last weekend's Class 2A baseball championships in Pueblo.
There are many activities which may be enjoyed by athletes and spectators in surrounding communities.
A second straight trip to the Class 3A State Softball Championships was a reward for a terrific season.
Unfortunately, for the second straight time, Cedaredge was unable to get past its opening game in first-round action. It was Burlington last year and Eaton this season.
There was tension and some nervous moments after Cedaredge High School's softball team failed to win its first game of the day last Saturday. Brush High School had just defeated Meeker 17-10 in the Region 6 Class 3A softball tournament at the Field of Dreams in Orchard City.
Delta coach Steve Reiher was disappointed in the results of last weekend's Region 6 play in Pueblo. The Panthers, according to Reiher, "picked the worst time to play sub-par games."
The 2015 4A Western Slope League Softball All-Conference Team selections have been released. Delta's Panthers had the most players honored by league coaches with five making the First Team, and one other selected for Honorable Mention.
Cedaredge High School's softball team clinched a league title a week ago. Last week's loss to a determined Gunnison team, on Oct. 8, spoiled a perfect league record but did little else. The Bruins enter this week's post-season play with a 12-7 overall record with some quality play against tough opponents that could help pave the way for Cedaredge to go deep into the playoffs.
With last Friday's 15-2 win over the visiting Eagle Valley Devils, Delta vaulted into the 2015 post-season softball playoffs.
The Panthers, despite winning their third straight 4A WSL title, find themselves shunned for a chance to host a regional playoff site.
With a 5-0 4A WSL record, and 14-4 overall season mark, the Delta Panthers won their third straight softball title after defeating Palisade 12-2 in Delta last Friday.
Prior to that win for a league title, Delta faced Cedaredge on Sept. 28 at the Field of Dreams.
The Cedaredge High School softball team won three of its five softball games played last week. Action began for the Bruins on Monday, Sept. 28, against Delta (see related story in today's paper). That game resulted in an 11-6 loss.
The Cedaredge Bruins upped their softball league mark to 5-0 over the past week with a non-conference win over Palisade and a 3A District 5 decision over Meeker.
Against Palisade the Bruins avenged a loss to the Bulldogs, 8-4, on Sept. 18 in tournament play in the Delta Invitational Tournament. The rematch on Sept. 22 was an 8-5 win for Cedaredge.
Delta played once last week and that contest was against Rifle's Bears in Rifle. Delta improved to 4-0 in league play and 12-4 overall after shutting out the Bears, 19-0.
The Panthers wasted little time after jumping to a 1-0 lead after one inning of play. Delta's bats exploded in the second frame for 11 runs that left little doubt as to the game's outcome.
The Bruins have played up a few times this season and have recorded an overall mark of 5-4 with a 4-0 3A District 5 League record.
All of the Bruins' opponents this past week involved 4A and 5A division schools.
Delta's Panthers played their second straight week of five softball games. The week began in Gypsum where Delta got the best of Eagle Valley's Devils 20-3 on Tuesday, Sept. 15.
Delta High School's softball schedule is hectic to say the least. Last week was a five-game schedule and another five-game stint was scheduled for the second week in a row. The Panthers were in Palisade on Tuesday, Sept. 8, where they scored a 19-8 win in six innings.
You have to start somewhere to get where you're going. That is wickedly true for the Aspen Skiers who visited Cedaredge's softball team in doubleheader action at The Field of Dreams.
The Cedaredge Bruins stand alone atop the 3A District 5 standings with a perfect 2-0 league mark and a 3-1 overall slate.
Last weekend the Bruins split a pair of games. On Sept. 5 Cedaredge took on Class 3A Faith Christian in Gunnison with the Eagles defeating Cedaredge 15-13.
The Delta Panthers wrapped up their first full week of softball competition with two wins and three losses. Even with the three losses, Delta is leading the 4A WSL with a 1-0 league mark and a 2-3 record overall.
Delta's week began with Rifle on Sept. 1. A 10-run third inning turned the game around and allowed the Panthers to score a 15-4 decision in five innings.
The 2015 softball season got underway for many of the state's prep programs. Cedaredge's Bruins began their season at The Field of Dreams against Meeker last Friday. After a 1-0 start for Meeker, the Bruins put the clamps on and stymied the Cowboys the rest of the way to record an 11-4 victory.
Matt Hall and his Cedaredge Bruins' softball team will be looking to duplicate the success they had last season as the new year gets underway. The Bruins enjoyed a 15-7 record last year that included a league championship and a trip to state.
Following their weekend scrimmage games on Saturday, the DCI sports department contacted Cedaredge softball coach Matt Hall to get his impressions of his team's efforts.
The Bruins played three times and mixed their varsity and junior varsity players together in games in an effort to give all who made the trip a chance to get some game experience.
What the Panthers and coach Steve Reiher want is to duplicate their successful season in 2014 where they finished the year with an 18-5 record. Three of those losses came early to Grand Junction, Fruita and Cortez.
Delta High School softball coach Steve Reiher was perplexed by his team's slow starts in a pair of scrimmage games in Grand Junction over the weekend. Otherwise, Reiher said he thought the Panthers just need to play to improve.
Alpine Offroad won the league title in Men's Slowpitch. Alpine had a chance to win the post-season tournament title but fell short with a 15-13 loss to number-two seeded River Bandits last Thursday night.
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