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Delta defeats Montrose, falls to Faith Christian

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Photo by Wayne Crick Megan Sandoval follows the flight of her second-inning home run in a 12-run barrage which broke open a 2-2 tie after one inning. Sandoval's dinger came on the heels of Lily Lockhart's three-run home run in the second frame.

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. After a monster second inning where Delta scored 12 runs, the drought ended with the Panthers scoring a 15-5 decision.

Delta's second game of the week was played in Gunnison where the Panthers met Faith Christian's Eagles in non-conference play. Delta led most of the game with a 10-4 lead in the late stages. Faith Christian took advantage of Delta miscues to sneak back into the game and eventually score an 11-10 victory in extra innings.

Against Montrose, the Panthers put two runs on the scoreboard in the first inning with the Indians matching that run production in the bottom half of the first inning.

The Panthers, behind two home runs from Lily Lockhart and one from Megan Sandoval, exploded for 12 runs to take a commanding 14-2 lead going to the third inning.

Of the eight hits generated by Delta's offense, Lockhart's two home runs highlighted a display of hitting that saw Lockhart collect seven RBIs with back-to-back bombs. As the fifth-place hitter, Lockhart launched a fly ball over the left field fence for three runs. The next batter, Sandoval, hit the ball out to left field as well. The bases were loaded when Lockhart came up as the 14th batter. Her second home run of the inning went well past the center field fence to score four runs.

Jenna Sutliff scored four runs for the winners and was 2-2 with three RBIs.

Lockhart is leading the home run race in Class 3A with four dingers with Sandoval second with three home runs and Sutliff third with her two knocks.

Lockhart is also first in slugging percentage (1.300), runs batted in (19), earned run average (5.07) and batters struck out (20).

Sutliff is first in runs scored with 12 followed by teammates Lockhart (8), Saydee Culver (8), Sarah Parker (7) and Sandoval (6).

In Gunnison, the Panthers found a way to squander early leads and eventually lose 11-10 to Faith Christian.

Delta led 5-0 early only to have the Eagles whittle away at the lead before tying the game at 10-10 forcing an extra inning.

A bases loaded hit pushed the winning run across the plate for Faith Christian in the eighth inning.

Nine walks contributed to the loss with nine of 11 runs scored being earned.

The Panthers got two hits apiece from Sutliff, Lockhart and Culver in the game. Sandoval, Lockhart and Culver drove in two runs each.

Marsell Evans had three hits and two RBIs to lead Faith Christian while teammate Chanin Perkins had two hits and four RBIs.

Delta falls to 1-5 on the season and will try to regroup against Durango's Demons in doubleheader action on Sept. 9 in Durango.

Game times are set for 3 and 5 p.m.

The Panthers are in Gunnison on Sept. 13 for varsity action at 4 p.m. Junior varsity play follows at 6 p.m.

Photo by Wayne Crick Senior Saydee Culver lays down a near-perfect bunt against Faith Christian in Gunnison on Saturday. The Panthers built a 5-0 lead and led 10-4 in the late stages of the game before falling 11-10 in extra innings.
Photo by Wayne Crick Delta first baseman Sami Lane catches a Lily Lockhart throw for an easy out against Faith Christian in a non-conference contest played in Gunnison last Saturday. The Eagles refused to fold after falling behind 10-4 and stole the game, 11-10, in the 8th.
Photo by Wayne Crick Delta senior Lily Lockhart had an excellent day against Montrose last week. Here she belts a grand slam home run in the second inning against the Indians. Lockhart’s first homer of the inning was just a three-run shot giving her seven RBIs.
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