In an early game played last week, Delta High School's softball team hosted Gunnison's Cowboys in a 3A District 5 contest.
Delta lit a fire around the base paths in the first inning to score seven runs on its way to a 13-3 decision.
The Cowboys found some heat of their own in the third inning and scored three runs cutting Delta's lead to four at 10-7 with the Panthers coming to bat. Delta responded with another three runs of its own to move the scoring margin back to seven runs at 10-3.
Both teams took the fourth inning off before Delta added the final three runs of the game in the bottom of the fifth to end the game, 13-3.
Junior Jenna Sutliff paced Delta's offense with a pair of doubles in three at bats and scored three times for the Panthers. Senior Breanna Sprout had two hits, scored once and knocked in two runs.
Freshman Keely Porter provided a ton of firepower with a double and four RBIs. Delta's other starting freshman, Hailee Ruble, was 1-2 with a double and three RBIs. Junior Sami Lane was 2-2 with a double and scored three times as well.
Gunnison's Maddison Nelson and Madi Johnson led the Cowboy's seven-hit attack with a pair of hits each.
The Cowboys had six errors in the game while Delta had three miscues.
Ruble moved to 4-0 on the season with the win for Delta. She worked five innings, gave up one hit and three runs with six strikeouts. Kyla Engleman took the loss for Gunnison.
Delta plays in Meeker this Friday with a doubleheader scheduled for 3 and 5 p.m. The Panthers are in Gunnison Tuesday, Sept. 26, for a 3 p.m. contest in a return matchup with the Cowboys.