Panthers lose softball doubleheader in Meeker

By Wayne Crick

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. Unfortunately, the Panthers were not treated well by their hosts and suffered a 17-9 loss in game one and fell 11-1 in the second contest.

In game one, Delta had a 10-6 lead going to the bottom of the sixth inning. The Cowboys erupted for 11 runs to take a 17-10 lead and held on for the important league win.

Jenna Sutliff sparked Delta's offense with three hits, including a double and home run, scored two times and drove in three runs.

Sami Lane had a hit, scored twice and also had three RBIs. Breanna Sprout was 1-4 with an RBI.

Freshman Keely Porter was 12-12 in fielding opportunities but the remainder of the team committed seven errors in the game bringing to mind coach Jerry Sandoval's early season worry....."we've got to get out of our own way," a painful reminder of the Panthers' inexperience.

In game two errors were again a factor with the Panthers committing six of them in the 11-1 loss in five innings.

Meeker put up back-to-back four-run innings to start the game and added two more in the fourth frame to lead 10-1. The Cowboys put the game away in the bottom of the fifth with a single run.

Meeker limited the Panthers to just two hits in the game, singles by Ashle Lahoe and Porter.

Delta played in Gunnison (2-3 and 2-11) on Sept. 26 with results of that game appearing in next week's paper.

The Panthers face Cedaredge (4-1 and 4-7) for a Homecoming contest on Sept. 29. Game time is set for 3 p.m.

Delta's final regular season game is at home against Basalt on Oct. 3 and is scheduled for a 4 p.m. start.