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Photo by Wayne Crick Delta junior Nate Workman slides safely into second against Mountain View last Wednesday afternoon in Delta. The Mountain Lions handed Delta its only loss, 14-9, in a week of five games.

To say it was a good week for Delta High School's baseball team would be an understatement. The Panthers began the week with a win over 4A Colorado Springs Metro League's Elizabeth, 9-4, on March 18. Mountain View (4A Northern League) rolled into town March 20 and dealt the Panthers a 14-9 setback.

The rest of the week belonged to Delta with three wins coming in last weekend's St. Mary's Tournament in Colorado Springs. The Panthers avenged an earlier season loss to Alamosa (10-7 on March 16) with a 13-8 win in a first-round game; shut out Buena Vista, 10-0, in a second-round game and finished with a 9-8 win over host St. Mary's on Saturday. In all, Delta played five games with four being wins in six days time.

Delta leads the 3A WSL with a 6-2 record and Cedaredge is second at 3-3.

Delta 9, Elizabeth 4

Junior Gauge Lockhart continued to lead Delta's offense with 30 plate appearances with a 12 for 24 performance and eight RBIs for the season. Senior Rowyn Carmichael is close behind with 29 appearances and a 13 for 26 performance and seven RBIs for the season. Both players have a .500 batting average for the year.

Lockhart went 3-3, scored three times, hit two doubles and had two RBIs against Elizabeth. Carmichael was 3-4, scored two times, hit a home run and also had two RBIs in Delta's win.

Senior Caleb Miramontes had a hit, scored twice and knocked in a run with senior Kolby Keller hitting a double in a 1-4 day at the plate.

The Panthers used three pitchers in the game with senior Clayton Abila picking up the win with three innings of work where he gave up two hits, three runs and three walks and struck out six. Senior Eli Farmer worked 2.2 innings giving up three hits, one run, three walks and struck out five. Lockhart worked one inning and struck out three batters.

Mountain View 14, Delta 9

Delta jumped out to a 6-0 lead after two innings of play but couldn't hold the lead. The Mountain Lions scored five runs in the third inning and added two more in the fourth and four in the fifth inning to take an 11-6 lead with the Panthers coming to bat. A three-run fifth for Delta made the score 11-9 as the game entered the seventh inning.

Mountain View plated three more runs in its half of the seventh and the Mountain Lions' defense did the rest in a 14-9 win for the visitors.

Lockhart collected two hits and produced four RBIs to pace Delta's offense and senior Trevor Myers added two hits and two RBIs.

Delta's Ryan Cooper (1-1) took the loss.

St. Mary's Tournament
Delta 13, Alamosa 8

The Panthers trailed, 6-4, after two innings and were behind 8-5 heading to the fourth inning.

Delta's defense shut down the Mean Moose offense the next two innings while its offense scored once in the bottom of the fourth and trotted seven Panthers across the plate in the decisive fifth.

The Panthers had 11 hits in the contest with Carmichael's 3-4 leading the way, including two doubles and three RBIs. Sophomore Nolan Bynum had two hits for the Panthers, with a double and a triple, and three RBIs.

Senior Andrew Baier had a three-hit day with a home run and three RBIs. Myers had a pair of hits with a home run and an RBI.

Alamosa had five players with two hits each in the loss.

Friday's game was an error-filled contest with each team coughing up six miscues apiece.

Senior Eli Farmer picked up his first win of the season in a three-inning stint in which he gave up three hits, two runs, walked one and struck out three.

Delta 10, Demons 0

On Saturday, Delta's first game of the day was against 3A Tri-Peaks opponent Buena Vista. Sophomore Nolan Bynum was sharp against the Demons allowing just two hits with one walk and six strike outs in a 10-0 win.

Delta scored two runs in each of the first three innings and coasted to the victory with a four-run fifth inning to close the game out via the 10-run rule.

Carmichael's two-hit day paced Delta's bat-crew. Both Carmichael and Baier scored three times for the Panthers. Stell, Baier, Farmer, Myers and Carmichael recorded an RBI each in the win.

Layton Mitchell and Drew Martin had singles for the Demons.

Delta 9, St. Mary's 8

The rematch against St. Mary's became exciting just past the middle innings. Carmichael's solo home run had the Panthers leading 1-0 until the third inning when the Pirates tied the game.

Delta scored four runs in the top of the fifth only to see St. Mary's explode for six runs to take a 7-5 lead to the fifth inning.

The Panthers tied the game in the fifth on a Farmer two-run single and a seventh inning was needed to find a winner.

"The bottom third of our lineup was huge for us against St. Mary's," noted Delta coach Steve Reiher. "(Junior) Nate Workman was big at the plate for us with two hits and three RBIs. Eli Farmer had two hits and two RBIs and Colby Wilson had two hits and two RBIs as well."

Reiher narrated the events of the seventh inning in an exciting finish to the game. "Caleb Miramontes led the seventh off with a double down the right field line and Farmer walked. A Wilson single set the stage for a Workman two-run double to end the game."

Pitching was key for Delta in the victory as well. "Baier (Andrew) gritted out three innings on the mound to keep us in it early. Lockhart threw two innings and got the win and Bynum came on in the seventh and got the save striking out three batters."

The Panthers were at Palisade March 26 and will host Montezuma-Cortez (3A Intermountain League) at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 30. Delta is at home April 2 against Rifle at 3 p.m.

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