The Paonia baseball team remains undefeated after sweeping a doubleheader at Rangely Saturday. Both games ended in five innings.
In their 21-0 conference-opening win over the Panthers, the Eagles put 11 runs on the board in the second inning for a 12-0 lead.
Paonia scored four more runs in the fourth inning and ended the game on a five-run fifth inning.
Senior Kayden Seriani earned the win, striking out five in two innings. Jaden Miller also struck out five in two innings, and David Lozano had 15 pitches in one inning and struck out one.
At the plate, Lozano was 3 for 4 with a home run and Seriani was 4 for 5 with a homer and six RBIs.
Carlos Lozano, Derek Holt and Slater Podgorny each hit triples, and Anders Schopp was 2 for 2 with two RBIs and two doubles. Clay Campbell was 2 for 3 with a double and three RBIs.
In game two, Schopp allowed one hit, struck out six and walked three in five innings in the Eagles' 17-0 win over Rangely.
Miller was 3 for 3 with two RBIs, two doubles and a triple; Seriani was 3 for 3 with two RBIs, a double and a triple. Podgorny was 2 for 2, and Lozano hit 1 for 3 with a double.
On April 3 the Eagles defeated the Coal Ridge Titans, 20-2.
Paonia trailed, 2-1, after two innings. In the fifth inning the Eagles were energized by a home run by Miller and before the inning was over had put nine runs on the board. In the sixth they added 10 runs to end the game under the 10-run rule. Grey Neal, who was 3 for 5, had the big play of the day with a grand slam HR.
Soul Connolly earned the win, allowing one hit and two runs and striking out six in four innings. Seriani threw five Ks, allowed one hit and walked one in two innings.
Paonia is now 7-0 overall. It faces Delta (5-5, 3A Western Slope League) Thursday at 4 p.m., at Delta High School. This is their second meeting of the season. Paonia opened the season on a 7-1 win over the Panthers. Next Tuesday, April 17, Paonia hosts Class 5A Grand Junction at 5 p.m. The Tigers are 6-6 overall and 2-0 in 5A/4A Southwestern League standings.
Paonia also has conference games against Dolores (2-7, 1-2) and Ignacio (4-6, 2-1) Saturday. Both games will be played at Ignacio. The Eagles added a game to the schedule and on April 18 will play Moffat County (2-1-1, 3A WSL) at Craig.
The election results are in at the local, state and national level, and as expected, Democrats are doing well in state and national races. Colorado has elected Jared Polis as governor; nationally the Republicans appear to retain control of the Senate while Democrats now control the House of Representative.
With a ballot full of local and state measures, voter turnout in Delta County topped 71%, with 15,889 ballots cast. Statewide, voter turnout was just over 52%.
Of the three Delta County residents seeking state offices, Matt Soper won over Thea Chase in State Representative Dist. 54; Mike Mason lost to Julie McCluskie in State Representative Dist. 61; and Olen Lund lost to Kerry Donovan in State Senate Dist. 5.
Locally, in the City of Delta voters rejected a .5% sales tax increase to fund recreation, as well as recreational marijuana sales. The sale of medical marijuana and cultivation/manufacturing facilities was approved by a slim margin. Delta voters also gave the city the green light to move forward with selling or trading the Cottonwood and Riverbend Park, and to sell the old Municipal Light and Power Building.