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.
During a preliminary hearing in Delta District Court on Tuesday, Jan. 15, Judge Steven Schultz found probable cause for second degree murder charges against Heather Jones.
Jones previously faced three counts in the shooting of Ryan Redifer in Paonia on Jan. 12, 2018 -- assault in the first degree, assault in the second degree and violation of a protection order.