After winning the District 1 50/70 Intermediate tournament title a couple of weeks ago, Delta’s all-stars earned the host-team honors at the Southwestern Regional tournament held at Grand Mesa Little League fields in Grand Junction.
Skyler Kraai pitched a no-hitter against Fruita for the right to be the host team in a game played at Mountain View Park in Delta.
The young all-star team was comprised of players from two Delta teams and Hotchkiss.
Delta played its first game against Heights Norhill of Houston, Texas on July 18. The tournament’s first game was played between Louisiana and Colorado on the same date.
Louisiana shut out Colorado, and Heights Norhill opened up a close game in the early going to score a 14-4 win over Delta.
Colorado and Delta played in losers’-bracket competition on July 19, with Colorado holding on for a 7-2 win. The loss eliminated Delta from further play in this year’s national playoffs for a Little League World Series berth, while Colorado moved on to take on Arkansas, a loser to West Texas on July 19.
In other tournament action, New Mexico held on, after leading 16-6, to defeat Oklahoma 16-15. New Mexico advanced to its next round against West Texas while Oklahoma entered losers’-bracket play against Arkansas.
Delta was led on offense by Nate Workman’s 4-5 performance over a two-day period. Workman was 3-3 against Texas, including a pair of doubles and a single on opening day. He was 1-3 on day two against Colorado.
Delta scored first in its game with Texas after Colby Keller reached base on a single in the first inning and was later driven in on Andrew Baier’s single.
The Texans countered with five runs in the top half of the second inning and tacked on an additional seven runs in the fourth in a seven-hit inning.
Eli Farmer had a memorable game against Texas with an inside-the-park home run in the fifth inning. Farmer’s ground ball found its way through the infield and rolled past the center fielder to the fence, allowing Farmer to race around the bases before the ball could be relayed back to the infield. Farmer’s run allowed Delta the opportunity to play a full seven innings without the 10-run rule being invoked.
Kraai took the loss in game one against Heights Norhill.
A four-run first inning vaulted Colorado to a 4-0 lead that was never seriously threatened until late in the game when Delta scored twice in the top half of the seventh inning to make the final score 7-2.
Farmer was the pitcher of record and was the losing pitcher in game two against Colorado.