Had it not been for the fourth inning of this game, fans might have been bored silly. There was a combined 12 runs total scored in the inning with Delta's Panthers getting the better end of the deal.
Rifle (4A WSL, 6-2 and 3-0) had upset on its mind and proceeded to build an 8-1 lead heading into the fateful fourth inning. The Bears scored twice in the first inning on four hits.
The Panthers scored their first run in the bottom of the second after Gauge Lockhart led off with a double. Designated hitter Cayden Stell grounded out to shortstop scoring Lockhart to make the score 2-1 with the Bears coming to bat in the third.
The Bears picked up two more runs on a single and a double for a 4-1 lead heading to the fourth inning.
Rifle sent 10 batters to the plate in its half of the fourth and scored four runs on six hits to take a commanding 8-1 lead.
Delta, not to be outdone, paraded 12 hitters to the plate. A lead-off double from Lockhart got the Panthers started. Caleb Miramontes, replacing Andrew Baier, blasted his first home run of the year over the center field fence cutting Rifle's lead to 8-3.
The Panthers went on to score six more runs in the fourth with Miramontes picking up the last two runs of the rally on a single. Delta led 9-8 after the race around the base paths had subsided.
Delta added an insurance run in the fifth on a Nolan Bynum single that scored Kolby Keller making the final score 10-8.
Miramontes led the Panthers' offense with his 2-5 day at the plate and five RBIs.
Lockhart, Eli Farmer and Rowyn Carmichael also finished with two hits each for the winners. Lockhart had two doubles in the game and Farmer had one.
Rifle's Derek Wagler led the Bears offense with four hits, including two doubles. Eddie Medina had two hits and three RBIs and Wyatt Warfel had two RBIs on one hit.
Bynum started on the hill for Delta and worked 3.1 innings allowing seven hits, six runs. Clayton Abila came on in the fourth inning allowing four hits, two runs and struck out three. Lockhart got the save with 1.2 innings of work allowing one hit and striking out three.
Delta was in Durango (5A/4A Southwestern League, 3-6) on Friday (April 5) to take on the Demons.
Farmer got the start for Delta and worked some magic for six and a third innings allowing seven hits, one run and striking out six batters. Lockhart finished the game for Farmer and struck out the two batters he faced.
Bynum's two-hit day produced three RBIs for the Panthers with Carmichael driving in two runs on a single.
With the win, Delta takes a six-game win streak into Thursday's game in Carbondale against Roaring Fork's Rams at 4 p.m.
The Panthers head to Cedaredge to face the Bruins April 16 for a 3 p.m. start time.