Delta High School's baseball fortunes included a pair of wins and a loss last week. Wins came against Olathe (0-3 and 1-10 in 3A WSL) and Hotchkiss (2-0 and 9-1 in 2A District 3/5). The Panthers loss came at the hands of 2A Paonia (3-0 and 10-0).
Delta 15, Olathe 1
Delta's visit to Olathe April 10 was a five-inning affair which ended in five innings.
The Panthers scored a lone run in the first inning and added three more runs in the second frame for a 4-0 lead.
Six runs in the fourth inning built Delta's lead to 10-0 before a five-run fifth gave the Panthers a 15-0 lead with Olathe coming to bat. The Pirates tallied just one run in the frame ending the game on the 10-run rule, 15-1.
Dylan Hollenbeck had two hits, including a double, and knocked in three runs to lead the Panthers' offense. Jaspar Carmichael was also 2-3 with four runs scored and two RBIs. Nolan Bynum drove in two runs on two hits with Delta collecting nine hits in the game.
Delta's 15 runs were not all clean runs as the Pirates committed seven errors in the game.
Olathe's lone run came off Hollenbeck in the fifth inning on a home run to spoil a no-hit effort. Hollenbeck worked five innings and gave up two walks and struck out nine Olathe batters.
Delta 19, Hotchkiss 6
A seven-run first inning was enough to earn the win for Delta, but the Bulldogs had no intentions of letting that happen without putting up a fight.
Two runs from Hotchkiss in both the second and third innings narrowed the Panthers' lead to 7-4 heading to the top of the fourth.
An eight-run burst from Delta bounced the lead to 15-4 in the top of the fourth. Hotchkiss failed to score in the bottom of the inning sending the game to the fifth inning.
Delta tacked on another four runs in the top half of the fifth and the Bulldogs countered with two runs in their half of the frame to make the final score 19-6.
Jaspar Carmichael cranked out a 4-5 day at the plate, including a double, scored two times and had three RBIs. To add to his game accolades, Carmichael was also the winning pitcher with five innings of work, allowed six hits, six runs (four earned) and struck out 10 Bulldog batters.
Hollenbeck also drove in three runs on a home run and scored twice himself. Bynum had an RBI on a pair of doubles with Rowyn Carmichael duplicating his feat. Josh Reeder was Delta's fourth multiple player with a 2-4 performance and scored three times.
Marvin Guereque was Hotchkiss' leading hitter with two hits (including a double) in two at bats with two RBIs. Chase Hiatt generated two runs on a 1-3 day at the plate for the Bulldogs.
Paonia 14, Delta 5
A closely contested game through five innings had fans on both sides of the diamond wondering how this contest might end.
Paonia scored the game's first run off a double by Soul Connolly, who scored later in the second inning. Delta plated the tying run in the bottom of the inning when Hollenbeck, who had reached base after being hit by a pitch, scored on a fielder's choice off the bat of first baseman KC Carlson.
Jaden Miller reached base in the third inning after drawing a walk and later scored on an Anders Schopp single. Grey Neal reached on a fielder's choice and scored on Connolly's double giving the Eagles a 3-1 lead going to the fourth inning.
Delta had two base runners in the fourth on singles from Hollenbeck and Kolby Keller and both would score to tie the game at 3-3.
Neal reached base on an error in the top of the fifth with two outs and Connolly stroked a single to drive in Neal giving Paonia a 4-3 lead. Shortstop Jaspar Carmichael's play behind second base ended further scoring threats from the Eagles on an off-balanced throw to first for the final out.
A pitching change for Delta in the sixth inning had junior Clayton Abila replacing senior Drake Horn.
A single and an error allowed a run to score before Abila got Slater Podgorny to fly out to Matt Easter in right field for the second out.
After that Kayden Seriani hit a single and Miller reached base on another error which eventually led to three more runs in a five-run sixth for Paonia.
Delta threatened to score in the bottom of the sixth with Reeder and Keller reaching base on singles before Seriani ended the threat with his eighth and ninth strikeouts of the game.
Five more runs in the top of the seventh came on five hits, with doubles by Derek Holt and Podgorny, and one Delta error.
The Panthers scored twice in the bottom of the seventh after Easter reached base on an error and Jaspar Carmichael hit a double. Both players scored to make the final tally 14-5.
Connolly's four-hit day produced two doubles and five RBIs for the Eagles. Schopp was 3-5 with three RBIs and David Lozano collected four hits in four at bats for two RBIs. Miller had one hit, scored three times and had two RBIs.
The Eagles finished with 15 hits in the game.Dating back to last season, Paonia is 35-0 and ranked first in 2A Distrit 3/5 and Class 2A.
Delta's leading hitters were Keller (3-3, 1 RBI) and Jaspar Carmichael (2-4, with a double).
Delta is listed first in 3A WSL standings (4-0 and 7-6) with Aspen second (4-0 and 8-2) and Cedaredge third (2-1 and 7-4).
The Panthers played Cedaredge April 17 and will host Rifle (4-4 and 6-8 4A WSL) on April 18 at 3 p.m. Delta ends the week with a game in Craig on Friday, April 20, at 4 p.m. instead of on the originally scheduled April 21 date. The Moffat County game was moved up a day so those wishing to attend the Cole Lahoe funeral could do so.
Cole Lahoe Benefit
Saturday's (April 18) contest with Rifle will have a pre-game Team Cole Dedication ceremony. All proceeds from the gate, and other donations, will go toward supporting the Lahoe family and Leukemia Awareness.