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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. The range of activities begin at Rookie/Coach Pitch and T-ball up through adult softball leagues conducted at Mountain View Park in Delta.

Many summer sports activities are underway, with some baseball programs nearing the beginning of all-star competition.

Delta Recreation and Parks programs are currently involved with games in baseball and softball offered Monday through Friday throughout the North Fork Valley.

Five Machine Pitch/Rookies' teams are in the early stages of seasons, which began on June 3 and are slated to end on July 1. Four Delta teams, and one Olathe squad, play on Monday and Friday at sites in Delta (Confluence Park: Yellow and Black Fields) and in Olathe at Lions Park East. Games begin at 5:30 and 6:30 on game days at each site.

There are 11 T-Ball teams playing on Tuesday and Thursday of each week. Their season began on June 2 and concludes on July 30.

Games for T-Ball play are scheduled for sites (Confluence Park; Yellow and Black Fields and Olathe's Sweet Corn Park). Game times for these contests begin at 5:30 p.m. each day with play continuing at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. on scheduled days.

One of the shorter seasons of the summer involves girls who play U-8 Little Ladies softball. Their season began on June 1 (Wednesday). Games for this division are played on Monday and Wednesday beginning at 5:30 p.m. Second games of the day, when scheduled, are set for 6:30 p.m. Two Delta teams and one Cedaredge (Surface Creek) team make up this league. Games are played at either Confluence Park in Delta or at Surface Creek's Field of Dreams.

June 29 marks the end of play for the U-8 Little Ladies season.

Seven teams make up the U-10 Little Ladies division. This league began its league schedule on May 17 and is scheduled to end July 30.

Teams from Delta (three teams), Cedaredge (Surface Creek - two teams), Gunnison and Hotchkiss comprise the U-10 Little Ladies League. Games in Delta are slated to be played at Confluence Park fields. Games in Hotchkiss are set for play at the Hotchkiss Dust Bowl while Surface Creek home games are scheduled for Field of Dreams. Gunnison's home schedule will be played at Jorgensen Field in Gunnison.

All games in U-10 play are scheduled for 5:30, 6, 6:30 or 7:30 p.m. depending on the game site.

Five teams, from Delta, Cedaredge and Gunnison, play in the U-12 Little Ladies League. This season began on May 16 and runs through June 29 on Mondays and Wednesdays. Times for games are scheduled for 5:30, 6, 6:30, 7 or 7:30 p.m. depending on location.

Sites utilized for this league include Delta's Confluence Park, Cedaredge's Field of Dreams, Olathe's Sugar Beet Field and Gunnison's Jorgensen Field.

Delta, Cedaredge, Hotchkiss and Gunnison have teams playing in this year's U-14 Little Ladies League.

Games played in the U-14 division have start times of 5:30, 6, 6:30 and 7 p.m., depending on game site, on Mondays and Wednesdays. Sites for games include Confluence Park and Mountain View (Delta home games), Hotchkiss Dust Bowl, Field of Dreams (Surface Creek home games) and Gunnison's Jorgensen Field.

The only schedules available for boys' baseball is the 16U division. Many of the younger divisions are nearing season end and are preparing for all-star seasons.

In the 16U division, five teams are scheduled to face off in contests slated for June 6 through June 30. Delta's season kicked off with games against Montrose on Monday, June 6.

Delta faces Rifle (at DMS) on June 8 for doubleheader play beginning at 5 and 7 p.m. The Panthers are in Fruita for doubleheader play at 4 and 6 p.m. on Thursday and travel to Rifle for 5 and 7 p.m. games on Monday, June 13.

Games on June 15 are set for 4 and 6 p.m. starts against Central at Delta Middle School. Delta hosts a portion of a Montrose tournament on June 17, 18 and 19. Delta is scheduled to host Grand Junction (June 20, 4 p.m.), travels to Fruita on June 21 for doubleheader action (4 and 6 p.m.) and is in Grand Junction for a doubleheader against Central (4 and 6 p.m.) on June 22.

A 16U tournament, set for June 28-30, will mark the end of the season.

Adult softball play (at Mountain View Park) is well underway. Games began in early May for four divisions of play on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

Monday's Silver Coed play began on May 9 with season-ending tournament play scheduled for July 25. Games in this division are played at Mountain View Park (Black and Red Fields) with hourly game times set at 6, 7, 8 and 9 p.m.

Ten teams make up the Monday Silver Coed league.

Tuesday's Gold Coed league has five teams playing on the Black and Red Fields with starting times of 6:30 and 7 p.m.

Games in the Gold Coed league run from May 10 through the end of June (tournament starts June 28).

Two leagues, Men's and Women's Slowpitch, are played on Thursday nights at Mountain View. Both seasons began on May 12 and season-ending tournament play is slated to begin on July 7.

Women's play is played on the Black and Green Fields at Mountain View with games scheduled for 6:30-8:30 p.m. each Thursday.

Men's action is set for 6:30-8:30 p.m. each Thursday and is to be played on the Black, Green and Red Fields throughout the season. Teams will play doubleheaders in given weeks with eight teams battling for a championship each week.

The men's season-ending tournament is slated to begin July 7.

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