The games came thick and fast for the women of Delta High School's varsity softball team last week. The Panthers had five games over four days beginning against Cedaredge on the evening of Sept. 18, followed by a double header of double headers, with two games against Aspen on Sept. 21 and another two games against Meeker on Sept. 22. The girls seemed not to notice the intensity of the schedule however, as they won all five games, seemingly without breaking much of a sweat.
Over the course of the five games the Panthers rounded the bases a total of 67 times, allowing their opponents to touch home only six times. Away to Cedaredge the score ended at 8-1. Against Aspen at home in the conference, Delta won the two games 18-0 and 20-0. The next day, still on their home field, Delta beat Meeker in two non-conference games 9-0 and 12-5. There could be no denying that the Panthers came to play. These wins bring their record for the season to 8-0.
Head coach Jerry Sandoval credits the impressive run of form to the teams very strong defensive focus. At one point against Meeker turning a triple play. Sandoval called the victories "a total team effort." When pressed for any standout performance, he hesitates, then says that every single player had a hand in their winning ways. The stats from the games back this up. No single player is head and shoulders above the rest, and each and every one had a strong showing.
The Panther softball team plays against Basalt on Tuesday, Sept. 25, where they no doubt hope to continue their exceptional team play and smash into the winners column again. Also on the schedule this week for the Panthers are home games with Montrose on Thursday, Sept. 27, and Gunnison on Tuesday, Oct. 2. These games begin at 3 p.m.