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Photo by Wayne Crick Delta junior Lily Lockhart came in from right field to make this catch against Cedaredge Saturday afternoon.

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.

The rest of the week included four games played in the Panther's Invitational Tournament. Delta defeated Durango, 9-4, in its first tournament game and avenged an earlier loss to Montrose by defeating the Indians 10-6 on Friday.

Saturday games included a 16-1 win over Gunnison and a tense 7-6 win over a determined Cedaredge Bruins' team.

Highlighting play for the past week were 11 home runs for Delta. Jenna Sutliff, Megan Sandoval and Lily Lockhart had three each while Keilee Womack hit two over the fence.

Delta 20, Devils 3

The Panthers outhit Eagle Valley 14-3 on their way to an easy 4A WSL win.

Sandoval had four hits in four at bats, including a home run, to lead Delta with five RBIs in the game. She scored three runs and was coach Steve Reiher's Player of the Game.

Hannah Easter was 2-2 with two RBIs, while sophomore Shyanne Steele was 1-for-3 with two RBIs as well.

Eagle Valley's Cody Osteen had two hits to lead the Devils' offense.

The Panthers took a 4-2 lead in the second inning and were never challenged again in the game.

A five-run third led to an 11-run explosion in the fourth to end the game with a 20-3 win for the Panthers.

Delta 9, Demons 4

Jenna Sutliff was one of the leading hitters in this game with a 3-3 plate performance, three RBIs and a home run, her third.

Womack also had three RBIs that came on a 2-3 day at the plate that included her fourth home run of the season. She was also the winning pitcher.

Saydee Culver picked up two RBIs and scored three times on a 2-4 day with the bat that included two doubles.

Delta 10, MHS 6

The Panthers jumped on Montrose for an 8-3 first-quarter lead and added single runs in the second and third innings to avenge an earlier 12-11 loss to the Indians. Montrose scored three runs in each of the first and fourth innings, accounting for its six runs.

Delta had three home runs, Sutliff, Sandoval and Lockhart, to augment its offense against the Indians. Lockhart was Delta's leading hitter with three, including a double to go with her home run. Sutliff and Womack had two hits each.

Madisyn Minerich was Montrose's top hitter with two singles in the game.

Hannah Easter was the winning pitcher for Delta.

Delta 16, Gunnison 1

The Panthers kept their home run hitting streak alive against the Cowboys with three dingers. Sutliff ripped her fifth four-bagger of the season while Womack hit her fifth, and Lockhart sent her ninth over the fence.

Sutliff had four hits, scored four runs and knocked in a run to lead the Panthers' hit-parade. Womack had four RBIs on three hits in three at bats and she scored three runs herself.

Lockhart's three RBIs came on her home run, while Sandoval was 3-4 with a double and two RBIs.

Lockhart was the winning pitcher for Delta.

Delta 7, Bruins 6

Delta eased its way to a 3-2 lead after one inning of play.

Neither team scored in the second. Cedaredge took the lead in the third frame with a four-run spurt.

A big inning, where the Panthers scored three times, tied the game at 6-6. After Cedaredge failed to score in the top half of the fifth, Delta got some traffic on the base paths and plated the winning run as time ran out in the game.

When asked about his team's overall performance in the tournament, coach Reiher was complimentary of his team. "I was very pleased. We had 10 home runs this weekend (and another against Eagle Valley on Tuesday). We had lots of intensity all weekend and got on base to score runs. I didn't think our pitching was its best, but we got the job done. We're 11-4, but we can't stop there. It's time to put teams away. We've still got Rifle, who's better than before, and Palisade is strong."

Photo by Wayne Crick Delta freshman Jenna Sutliff tags out a Durango runner during tournament action last Friday afternoon in Delta. The Panthers played four games over the weekend and were victorious in all of them, pushing their record to 11-4 on the year.
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