This year's Delta Intermediate 50/70 All-Star baseball team has earned the title Colorado State Champions after winning the Colorado State Tournament held in Thornton at Northern Lights Ball Fields.
Delta, entering the tournament as the District 1 champion, had to defeat District 2 North Metro, and District 5 Colorado Springs to earn the title and move on to Texas where it will begin the next round of competition and represent Colorado.
Delta's 50/70 Intermediate All-Star baseball team is on its way to the next level, state tournament play, in Thornton at Northern Lights Little League Fields on July 11. Delta's opponent is undetermined at this time as tournaments begin on Friday in the metro region.
With the recent prep baseball season still fresh on the minds of Cedaredge High School's baseball team, Bruins' coach Terry Montoya scheduled a busy summer program which began in late May (29th) in Fruita.
The Bruins finished second in 3A WSL play with an 8-1 record and finished 12-12 overall after a 9-8 loss to Jefferson Academy in 3A Region 5 play.
Delta's city recreation programs continue to provide softball and baseball competition for a variety of age levels for summer activities and enjoyment.
City of Delta/Bill Heddles Recreation Center's Whitney Lear recently provided an updated list of available spring and summer-time diamond activities for Delta County sports enthusiasts.
Summertime is the best time to play baseball. Not often do players have to avoid blizzards and freezing temperatures in the months of June, July and August, as they may in the months of spring. Instead, players and coaches can concentrate on the game of baseball and work on the skills which augment success in prep programs while playing in a competitive environment.
Seven Hotchkiss Bulldog players received recognition for their performances this season on the baseball diamond.
Senior pitcher/outfielder Presley Pene was named to the all-state First Team by the Colorado High School Activities Association, infielder/pitcher Jamison Yanish was named all-state second team, and infielder/pitcher Marvin Guereque received all-state honorable mention.
In what has become an annual event, an all-league post-season baseball game was won by the WSL's 4A team, 8-6, in a game played in Rifle this past week.
Rifle coach Troy Phillips put together the post-season contest to give each league's all-conference selections an opportunity to play together for one last competition.
Of all the athletes competing at this year's Colorado State Track and Field Championships, Gauge Lockhart may have taken one of the most unique paths to get there.
A junior at Delta High School, he competed at state in shot put and discus.
Bulldogs ace pitcher Presley Pene signed to play for Colorado Northwestern Community College in Rangely.
For eight seniors and a hopeful fan base at Delta High School, the baseball season, regrettably, came to an end in Greeley this past weekend. Delta's three-game stand at Butch Butler Field in Greeley had a few highlights and too many lowlights keeping the Panthers from a state 3A baseball title shot in 2019.
It was an upset in every sense of the word. The Hotchkiss Bulldogs lost to 15th-seeded Fowler, 12-2, in their opening game of the 2A regional baseball tournament Saturday at Runyon Complex in Pueblo. At 18-2, the Bulldogs were in second place in Class 2A state RPI rankings.
Delta High School's run for a state 3A baseball title began last weekend with a pair of wins in Region 4 play. As the state 3A's No. 5 RPI ranked, the Panthers hosted No. 31 Cortez (10-10), No. 10 La Junta (16-7) and No. 21 Kent Denver (10-12).
The Hotchkiss Bulldogs overcame a grand slam and a tough Dolores defense Saturday to win the 2A District 3/5 baseball tournament. They head into this week's state baseball playoff regional bracket with an 18-1 record and in second place in state standings.
Junior Nate Workman wanted nothing more than to be able to hit home runs after the Panthers basketball season had concluded in March. Workman has no home runs in 2019 and he agrees the best hit he could have is a walk off single against Montrose late Monday afternoon at Delta High School.
Last week's baseball action produced another WSL title in Class 3A. In all, counting the 14-0 season in 2016 in the 4A WSL, Delta now owns its fourth straight league title and can now boast about another milestone record of 41 consecutive wins in league play.
Cedaredge High School solidified its hold on second place in 3A WSL play last week with three wins against conference foes.
The Bruins began the week (May 6) with a 7-1 decision over Aspen followed by Tuesday's 10-8 win in Gunnison.
The 2A District 3/5 baseball tournament opens this Thursday with two elimination games.
Hotchkiss (16-1) is in first place in 2A District 3/5 standings.
In their final conference game of the season the Eagles had 10 hits and two errors in their 9-4 win Friday over Meeker.
In the second game of the doubleheader, Meeker had 14 hits -- six triples and 14 RBIs -- to defeat Paonia, 16-5.
The Hotchkiss Bulldogs swept a doubleheader in 10 innings Thursday against Sargent, 20-1, 16-1.
In game one, the Bulldogs scored 20 runs on 10 hits.
Last week began with Delta's Panthers sitting in the top five in RPI for 3A baseball teams. A loss to Grand Junction (5-4) knocked Delta down to number 8 in the standings.
Delta's 13th win on the baseball field this season was greatly influenced by a 10-run second inning where the Panthers paraded 14 batters to the plate. In the inning, Delta had eight hits, including three doubles and five singles, with several errors by Basalt defenders contributing to a carousel of runners on the base paths.
The Palisade Bulldogs scored nine runs in the sixth inning for a non-conference 17-11 win Thursday. The Panthers had 14 hits and three errors in seven innings, while Palisade scored on 16 hits and two errors.
Cedaredge's baseball team hosted Olathe High School on Tuesday, April 23. The Bruins, second in 3A WSL standings, put together a nine-run second inning to power their way past Olathe, 11-2.
Senior Trevor Myers celebrated last Tuesday by signing a letter of intent to play baseball for McPherson College in McPherson, KS.
Myers plans a business management study course while continuing his baseball career for the Bulldogs.
For the second consecutive season, the Hotchkiss Bulldogs will claim the 2A District 3/5 title by virtue of a conference win over rival Paonia.
Played last Thursday in the first game of a two-game series, the Bulldogs scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth to secure the 8-1 win.
Last Friday's wins at Dove Creek and Nucla boosted the Hotchkiss Bulldogs baseball team to a 12-1 record and into ninth place in state RPI rankings.
The Bulldogs are on a 10-game winning streak after decisive non-conference games last Friday at Nucla and Dove Creek.
They had a bumpy start to the season, but with five games remaining, the 9-4 Paonia Eagles remain the only undefeated team in 2A Region 3/5 play. They started hitting their stride in early April with a come-from-behind 8-7 win over 3A Roaring Fork.
Last week's baseball schedule had Delta's Panthers taking on inner league rival Cedaredge on April 16 and then hosting another 3A WSL foe, Moffat County, April 20. Both contests were won by Delta raising the Panthers' overall record to 12-2 and 3-0 in league play leaving Delta in first place in 3A WSL.
Following last week's loss to Delta, Cedaredge traveled to Carbondale to face 3A WSL foe Roaring Fork (3-7 overall and 2-2 league). The Bruins (6-11 and 2-1) scored the game's first three runs in the top of the third inning and never looked back in a 13-2 win.
It's every baseball player's dream, but for one Hotchkiss High School senior, a grand slam became very real last Saturday.
In game one of the two-game series against Meeker, Jamison Yanish opened on the mound.
And the streak continues for Delta High School's varsity baseball team. Delta's lone baseball game of the week took place in Carbondale, arguably "one of the coldest games I've ever coached," quoted Panthers coach Steve Reiher.
Cedaredge's day began with a few snow flakes and cold temperatures against Basalt last Saturday. The Longhorns arrived late, pushing the 11 a.m. starting time back a bit.
Following a week plagued with errors, very little got past the Paonia defense in its two-game series against Rangely last Thursday.
In its opening 2-0 win, ace pitcher Soul Connolly pitched a complete game, allowing five hits and throwing nine K.
Had it not been for the fourth inning of this game, fans might have been bored silly. There was a combined 12 runs total scored in the inning with Delta's Panthers getting the better end of the deal.
The Paonia Eagles started this week with a 4-3 record and a lot of disappointment following a week plagued with errors and losses.
On April 2, six costly defensive errors resulted in a 4-2 loss to 3A Coal Ridge (3-4, 3A Western Slope League).
The Hotchkiss Bulldogs are on a five-game winning streak after winning four straight games last week.
On April 2 the Bulldogs defeated Olathe, 10-0, in five innings.
Cedaredge's baseball team was busy last week with four games. The Bruins hosted Hotchkiss (2A District 3/5; 3-0, 7-1) on April 3 with the Bulldogs scoring a 14-3 win.
Delta High School's baseball team has won six of its last eight games and are leading the 3A WSL standings with a 7-2 record.
Alamosa and Mountain View are the only teams to have defeated the Panthers so far this season.
Cedaredge High School's baseball team played three games in La Junta last week. A big third inning cost the Bruins in a 9-8 loss to the Tigers.
Due to snow on the ball fields, Gunnison High School's annual Cowboy Baseball Invitational scheduled for April 5-6 has been moved to Olathe and Montrose.
At 1:30 p.m., Friday, the Olathe Pirates open the eight-team tournament against Glenwood Springs.
In their first week on the diamond the Bulldogs split conference games Saturday, opening the day with an 8-4 conference loss to Dolores (4-3).
Presley Pene threw six walks and 10 Ks in 4.1 innings, allowing three hits and five runs. Marvin Guereque pitched one inning, allowing one hit and one earned run.
The Paonia baseball team opened the season last week with a 3-0 record.
In the first two games of the season, Paonia ace pitcher Soul Connolly has allowed one hit and one run in 13 innings.
Last week's baseball schedule for Cedaredge High School began on a sour note. The Bruins visited Gypsum to take on Eagle Valley's Devils on March 20.
It's early in the season, and the weather has kept North Fork athletes indoors due to muddy fields and safety concerns. But the Hotchkiss baseball team was ready when it opened the season on March 18 with a 7-0 win over Basalt.
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.
If not for a hiccup in Delta's middle innings of its game against Alamosa Saturday morning, the Panthers could well have been 3-0 for the weekend's competition in the first annual Luke Oeltjenbruns Memorial Baseball Tournament co-hosted by Cedaredge.
Delta took on St. Mary's of Colorado Springs in its tournament opener on Friday, March 15, and overcame a slow start to win a 5-3 decision.
Cedaredge's Terry Montoya and his young Bruins' baseball team, overcame last weekend's frozen field to complete a three-game series in the first annual Luke Oeltjenbruns Memorial Baseball Tournament. The Bruins were able to play two games on their home field but had to finish the third game against Pagosa Springs on Delta High School's field.
With all the rain, up until now, prep baseball season in the North Fork Valley has been all wiffle balls and indoor practices. But when Paonia opens the season against 3A Gunnison on March 23, it'll be ready, said Eagles head coach Ricky Sparks.
After four years, Paonia head baseball coach Nate Miller announced that he is stepping down.
From 2015-2018, Miller coached the Eagles to an 88-10 record, two league titles and state titles in 2017 and 2018.
Josie and Chase Hiatt have signed letters of intent to play softball and baseball at Colorado Northwestern Community College this fall. The college-bound athletes are the daughter and son of Ty and Dana Hiatt of Hotchkiss.
This group of athletes completed summer baseball with a tournament win in Rifle.
Family is more than a group of individuals bound by blood or marriage. It's a meaningful connection, it's an unbreakable bond -- and for the Reiher family, that bond is baseball.
Registration is now open for the Cherry Days baseball tournament scheduled for June 30-July 1. All games are played at Volunteer Park, located off of Mathews Lane on Hayden Road.
For the second consecutive year, Paonia pitcher Kaden Seriani was named Class 2A baseball player of the year by the Colorado High School Activities Association. Seriani, who made the CHSAA first team three consecutive years, batted .600 for the season and was second in home runs regardless of class with 13. At the plate Seriani had an ERA of 0.84.
Four Hotchkiss Bulldog baseball players were named all-state players by the Colorado High School Activities Association. Jonathan Gonzalez received All-State First Team honors.
The 2018 Western Slope All-League baseball honors were released recently. Delta, the 3A WSL champion, landed six athletes on the 23-member first-team roster with one other player earning honorable mention honors. Cedaredge garnered four first-team selections and landed one honorable mention player.
This year's turnout for the annual Rockies' Skills Challenge, hosted at Bill Heddles Recreation Center, was the biggest its been in some time. Assistant Bill Heddles Recreation Director Tyler Schumacker announced this year's participants included 75 youngsters ranging in age from six to 13 years old.
Cedaredge and Delta 18U baseball teams competed in a weekend tournament to provide playing-time experience for returning athletes from both schools. According to Delta High School baseball coach Steve Reiher the summer season generates a compliment of full-season games for the Panthers and Bruins.
Hotchkiss High School won't soon forget Josie Hiatt. A member of Hotchkiss High School graduating class of 2018, Hiatt recently signed to play softball at Colorado Northwestern Community College.
For the Delta Panthers baseball team, the 3A state tournament was a hurry up and wait affair and ultimately a disappointing end to a very successful season, including the Western Slope League title.
Over the span of a few days, Delta prepared and then changed travel plans three times as rains pushed the entire playoff schedule back a week.
The chance for an all-North Fork state baseball championship game came to a close Saturday when the top-seeded Peyton Panthers scored a seventh-inning run to defeat fourth-seeded Hotchkiss semifinals, 4-3.
"It was a good baseball game," said head coach Blake Carlquist.
The Paonia Eagles held off a seventh-inning rally by the Peyton Panthers to win their second straight Class 2A baseball title Saturday at Pueblo. The win capped off a 10-game winning streak and a 23-2 season.
Could the North Fork baseball teams face off in the state championship baseball game?
Rains continue to delay the 3A baseball tournament, in which the Delta Panthers were scheduled to begin play last Friday, May 18, in Niwot. Expected rains prompted officials to move the opening round to Monday, May 21.
Cedaredge High School's baseball team had a better season record (15-4) than many of the 2018 teams that began regional play last week.
After splitting games with Valley and Kent Denver the Bruins still have a better record (16-5) than four of the remaining eight teams which begin play in this year's 3A State Baseball Championships.
Steve Swartzendruber, a longtime Paonia coach in several sports, recently retired.
Swartzendruber is retiring after more than three decades of coaching ball in Paonia.
Delta's Panthers had an uneasy beginning to its baseball season losing five of the first eight games played, including losses to 2A powerhouse Paonia, 4A Erie, 5A Montrose, and a double header event against 4A Roosevelt. Since those first eight games the Panthers have lost once (to Paonia) in the last 13 games.
After defeating rival Paonia by a single run in conference play, Hotchkiss (17-3) was seeded first heading into Saturday's district baseball tournament at Hubbard Field in Olathe; Paonia (19-2) was seeded second. Both teams won their respective semifinal game in five innings.
Last week, on May 4, the Cedaredge High School baseball team skipped its own practice session to attend a Delta High School practice session instead.
The Bruins' visit was not to play baseball, but rather to offer condolences and consolations to the Panthers' baseball team.
The Hotchkiss Bulldogs baseball team won Monday's conference doubleheader against Meeker, 11-1 and 9-0, giving it a 5-0 record in 2A District 3/5. Hotchkiss is seeded first ahead of this weekend's district tournament at Olathe.
Paonia will enter this week's District 3/5 tournament with a 17-2 overall record after defeating Nucla, 27-0, on May 1. The Eagles scored 18 runs in the third inning.
Last Tuesday's baseball game between Cedaredge's Bruins and host Olathe provided some anxiety and late-inning heroics before Cedaredge could salvage a 7-3 WSL win. The Bruins had another late-inning surge where they scored four runs in the top of the seventh to secure a 9-1 win at Craig over the Moffat County Bulldogs on April 27 and closed the week with an 18-3 win at home over Grand Valley on April 28.
For those wanting to see some playoff action but didn't want to drive to Cortez, here's some good news: the May 11-12 2A District 3/5 baseball tournament was originally scheduled to be played at Cortez but was moved last week to Olathe High School.
The Delta Panthers played in three games this past week and won all three to move to 8-0 in 3A WSL play and 12-6 overall. More importantly the Panthers won their third straight league title with their 10-0 win over Aspen on Friday of last week.
Just who will come out on top in Class 2A District 3/5 baseball remains a mystery after the two top teams in the district split a doubleheader last week. On Thursday, Hotchkiss won game one of the series, beating Paonia on its home turf by a single run.
A nine-run second inning boosted the Hotchkiss Bulldogs to a 17-2 win over Rangely Saturday. With an 11-1 overall and 4-0 conference record, Hotchkiss remains in second place in 2A District standings.
Cedaredge's Bruins hosted Roaring Fork on April 21 and used a two-run fourth inning to post a 2-1 3A WSL victory.
Following a scoreless first inning the Rams scored a single run in the top of the second inning and held that lead until the bottom of the fourth where Cedaredge plated two runs to finalize game scoring and earn the one-run win.
The two top-ranked teams in the 2A Western Slope League will meet twice this week, with the outcome determining the league champions.
Paonia (13-1, 5-0) is currently in the number two spot in state Max Preps standings and Hotchkiss (11-1, 4-0) is number four.
The City of Delta announced this week that it has been awarded a grant in the amount of $10,232 from the Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF). The grant will support replacement of old worn out and unsafe youth baseball and softball equipment and provide funding for all brand new helmets, catchers' gear, batting tees and bats.
All good things must come to an end. For the defending state champion Paonia Eagles baseball team, last week's 9-8 loss to Class 5A Grand Junction ended a 35-game winning streak.
After losing their first seven games of the season, the Tigers had won seven of their last eight games.
Delta High School's baseball team has climbed into the driver's seat in the 3A WSL standings after winning a conference ball game against Cedaredge (10-0) on April 19.
The Panthers improved their overall record to 9-6 after a 9-0 win over Class 4A Rifle April 18.
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).
Hotchkiss High School moved closer to another 2A District 3/5 showdown with Paonia after a pair of wins against Dolores and Ignacio in doubleheader play in Ignacio. Hotchkiss defeated Dolores 14-0 in game one and routed Ignacio 15-0 in game two.
North Fork baseball teams cleaned up on Saturday at Ignacio, dominating 2A District 5 teams Dolores and Ignacio. Paonia slipped past Dolores 14-2 in its first game and then shutout host Ignacio 17-0 in game two.
This photo is a reprint from last week's edition due to the omission of Lisa Oeltjenbruns' name in the list of family members.
The Paonia baseball team remains undefeated after sweeping a doubleheader at Rangely Saturday. Both games ended in five innings.
In a close game that went into an extra inning, the Hotchkiss Bulldogs defeated the visiting Cedaredge Bruins last Wednesday, 5-4.
Hotchkiss scored three runs on two hits in the opening inning.
Delta and Aspen are tied, 3-0, at the top of 3A WSL standings as of last week's play. Aspen is listed first by virtue of its 6-1 overall record with the Panthers owning a 5-5 mark.
Last week's action, for Delta, was taking on the visiting Gunnison Cowboys on April 3.
Delta High School honored the memory of one of its outstanding baseball players at a recent game against Roosevelt's Roughriders. Prior to the playing of the March 28 contests, members of Luke Oeltjenbruns' family gathered to pay homage to one of the most-liked student athletes who played the game of baseball for the Panthers.
Prior to the March 24 baseball game against the visiting Montrose Indians, Delta High School honored a member of the Delta baseball community, Amos Leon, who had been instrumental in helping local youngsters learn about and play the game of baseball.
In an attempt to enhance the chances of progressing to post-season play in baseball, the Panthers added a few top-notch baseball teams to their spring schedule in hopes of increasing RPI standings. That philosophy works well when there are wins sprinkled in with losses.
In Saturday's 5-2 win over Dove Creek, the Bulldogs had runners on second and third and were trailing, 2-0, in the bottom of the third inning.
With two outs, junior Jamison Yanish was at the plate with a full count when he made a game-changing play, sending the ball over the fence in left field, giving Hotchkiss a 3-2 lead.
The Paonia Eagles played to two five-inning wins Saturday under sunny skies. "It's good to be out here on a nice day, finally," said head coach Nate Miller.
With three wins this past week, Cedaredge's baseball team moved its season record to 5-2 with no league games played to date. The Bruins took on Eagle Valley, a team they defeated 10-0 to start the season, and scored a 9-7 win on March 21 in Cedaredge.
Delta's Panthers are sitting in second place in 3A WSL baseball standings with a 3-3 record following last week's split against Grand Junction and Montrose. The Panthers came from behind to slip past Grand Junction, 6-5, on Tuesday, March 20 but fell short in another comeback bid against Montrose in an 8-4 loss on Saturday.
The defending Class 2A state champion Paonia Eagles opened the season Thursday with a 7-1 home win over Delta. Senior Kaden Seriani, one of four returning all-state players for the Eagles, allowed four hits in five innings and struck out 10.
The Hotchkiss Bulldogs struck out 11 and allowed five hits in last Wednesday's non-conference, 7-1 win against the visiting Rifle Bears.
Eli Kirk allowed one hit and one run, walked four and struck out six in the first three innings of the game.
The Cedaredge Bruins are 2-2 to start the 2018 baseball campaign. An opening season game in Gypsum was a 10-0 win over 4A Eagle Valley.
Delta senior Jaspar Carmichael is heading to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md., to study engineering, physics and math. Carmichael will also play some baseball for the Blue Jays while working toward his degree.
Lamar Community College will be Dylan Hollenbeck's next residence when a new school year begins. Hollenbeck signed a letter of intent to play baseball at Lamar and has chosen to pursue a career in biology and chemistry to keep him occupied when not playing baseball for the Lopes.
Delta High School's baseball team played through a typical spring in Colorado recently with games in blustery winter-like temperatures to more soothing and warmer games over the weekend in Erie and Niwot.
Following the previous week's contest against Roaring Fork where game-time temperatures were in the high 50's and lower 60's, Delta's game in Paonia was played in windy and much cooler temperatures with the Eagles claiming a 7-1 victory (see related story by Tamie Meck).
The Cedaredge Bruins have gotten off to a good start to the 2018 campaign with a 10-0 win in Gypsum over the Eagle Valley Devils on Saturday, March 10.
Details of the game were not available.
The 2018 baseball season began as it did a year ago with a win over Roaring Fork's Rams. Delta defeated the Rams 8-1 in its season opener last year and dealt a 10-0 loss to them to begin the 2018 season on March 9.
Registrations are now being accepted for the Hotchkiss Home Plate youth baseball and softball programs.
Registration time for all sessions is open from 3:30-5 p.m.
In late January the Town of Paonia leveled most of what was left of the old baseball field at Paonia Town Park. And while it didn't look like much in recent years, the history of the little baseball field goes way back, said Paonia native Ron Rowell.
It's that time of year again when the baseball fans, and players, begin an earnest desire to be outdoors to play ball. Even though the weather doesn't always agree with us for playing time, preparation for the prep season begins with the call for umpires.
The diagram on the left represents the blueprints for the proposed Hotchkiss High School/North Fork Pool and Parks Recreation District baseball/softball fields provided by Mesa Engineering and Surveying Co., Inc., in Montrose.
The North Fork Pool, Parks & Recreation District has partnered with Hotchkiss Home Plate Baseball Association to build a baseball and softball complex to the North Fork Pool on Bulldog Street. They are currently working on a Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) grant application to fund the project.
After many years, the North Fork Pool, Park and Recreation District is moving forward on its next phase to bring more recreational opportunities to the valley, this time in the form of new baseball and softball fields.
"We have partnered with Hotchkiss Home Plate to continue our master plan of building baseball fields at the Crossroads property," said Lenore Cambria, the district administrator of the NFPPRD.
With six Paonia baseball players receiving all-state honors from the Colorado High School Activities Association, it's easy to see why the Eagles went undefeated this season. They are loaded with talent.
The 2017 high school all-state baseball selections were released recently.
Several athletes from Delta County were honored with selections to the state's elite baseball squads.
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Western Slope Conference (2A)
Boys District 3/5
The Paonia Eagles baseball team topped off a historic season at Hobbs Field in Pueblo Saturday, holding its opponents scoreless in state semifinal and final games to bring home the trophy and end the year with a perfect 25-0 record.
Head coach Nate Miller called the win a "huge redemption" after the Eagles suffered a heartbreaker 4-2 state semifinal loss to Limon last May.
For Hotchkiss the trip to state baseball tournament play was more than just another chance to play for a state title. It was about reaching round two for a chance to face Paonia's Eagles for the fourth time this season.
Paonia's baseball team remained undefeated last weekend and heads to the fateful semifinal round which kayoed the Eagles title run in 2016 when Limon knocked off Paonia in a late innings rally.
The Eagles won their opening round contest against No. 16 Sargent (11-11 overall and 7-1 in 2A District 1 play) on Saturday morning in Pueblo.
First year coach Terry Montoya orchestrated a successful baseball season for Cedarege High School in 2017. The Bruins finished 14-5, with three of those games being losses by two or less runs.
A great 2017 season continued with post-season accolades for seven Delta Panther baseball players.
Those players selected, by coaches vote, included infielders Justin Violett (SR), Jaspar Carmichael (JR) and senior Blake Reiher.
Paonia and Hotchkiss will advance to regional baseball competition in Pueblo this week after placing 1-2 at the 2A District 3/5 tournament at Grand Valley High School in Parachute Saturday.
Hotchkiss, which is seeded eighth in the state, takes a 15-5 record into the regional tournament.
Because they are on the same side of the bracket, Paonia and Hotchkiss could face each other again this Friday.
Unfortunately for the Cedaredge Bruins, their baseball season ended abruptly in the first round of the 3A Region 1 playoffs in Lamar. Cedaredge fell behind early in its contest against number three seed Sterling (11-8) and eventually lost 17-7 and was eliminated from this year's 3A state tournament.
A 12-game winning streak came to an agonizing halt last Saturday with a 20-17 loss to Valley in the Region 8 3A championship game. Many hope this year's adventure in Class 3A will be a common occurrence.
After winning a pair of conference baseball games the Delta Panthers completed the 2017 league schedule with a 9-0 record and 15-4 overall. Delta defeated Gunnison 24-1, in Gunnison, on May 4.
Cedaredge High School's baseball team ended the regular season with a win over visiting Aspen on May 2 and then won a doubleheader in New Castle with Coal Ridge on May 6, 3-2 and 12-2.
Most of the game against Aspen was close until the sixth inning when the Bruins erupted for eight runs to seal the 10-1 win.
Paonia will take a 19-0 record into this week's District 3/5 tournament after wins over Nucla and Sanford.
Last Tuesday's 9-1 home win over Nucla was a little closer than their first meeting.
If there was any question as to who the best team is in 1A/2A District 5 competition, it was answered last week as No. 1-ranked Paonia swept a two-game series against No. 2 Hotchkiss.
With two games left on its regular schedule, Delta's baseball fortunes rest with a tough foe in Gunnison (12-3 and 6-1) and a scrappy Grand Valley team (2-13, 0-7) this week. The Panthers defeated Basalt (13-2) on April 25 and slipped past stubborn Aspen, 16-0, on April 29.
The Bruins won both games scheduled for last week. A scrappy Olathe team visited Cedaredge on April 25 and put up a good battle in a 19-16 loss to the Bruins. Cedaredge outhit the Pirates in the high-scoring game, 16-10.
Cedaredge needed to keep on pace to be a part of the top tier in 3A WSL baseball.
The Bruins remained in third place (3-2, 9-5) after splitting with Delta and Roaring Fork last week.
The Hotchkiss Bulldogs increased their overall record to 12-2 Saturday, outscoring Rangely by 31 points in a two-game series at Rangely.
Hotchkiss opened the series with a 17-0 conference win over the Panthers.
Paonia takes a 15-0 overall record into the week following two five-inning wins at Meeker Saturday.
The undefeated Eagles opened with a 14-3 conference win over the Cowboys. Meeker (10-5 overall, 2-2 in 2A District 3/5) had five hits and three RBIs in the loss.
A key showdown in 3A WSL baseball was last week's Delta versus Cedaredge baseball game played in Cedaredge. The Panthers (5-0 and 11-4) were on a current winning streak (five games) that stretched to seven after a 19-0 win over Moffat County (3-2 and 5-7) on Saturday.
With five games remaining in the prep baseball season, it seems no one is going to touch Paonia. Even in facing a 5A team and a high-ranked 3A team last week, its record remained unscathed and it ended the week at 13-0.
A visit to Gunnison on April 11 turned out to be disastrous for Cedaredge as it lost a 14-0 conference decision to the Cowboys. Later in the week, the Bruins returned to their winning ways with a doubleheader sweep over the visiting Basalt Longhorns on Saturday.
Delta and Olathe have had a long history of playing baseball against each other. Last week's contest, played in Delta, was all Panthers from start to finish. Delta opened with four runs in the first inning, added one more in the second and piled on 10 big runs in the third to build a 15-0 lead.
With six games remaining in regulation play the Hotchkiss Bulldogs are now 10-2 overall and 3-0 and in second place in the 2A District 3/5 baseball standings ahead of this Saturday's doubleheader at Rangely.
In their 11-2 win over Nucla, the Dogs took a 6-0 lead in the opening inning.
Paonia continues to dominate on the diamond. Last week the Eagles outscored opponents, 46-2, in three games.
A walk-off three-run homer by Kaden Seriani in the bottom of the fifth inning gave Paonia an 11-0 non-conference win over Coal Ridge last Wednesday.
Hotchkiss ended the week with an 8-2 record after sweeping a conference doubleheader Saturday against Meeker. The games opened conference play for the Cowboys, who were 6-0 heading into the series.
The Bruins of Cedaredge had a strong week with wins over 2A Hotchkiss and 3A Moffat County. A big second inning got Cedaredge off to a lead it would never relinquish in an 11-1 non conference victory. A weekend encounter against Moffat County was another win, 9-2, for the Bruins.
In one week, two Paonia Eagles were one walk away from pitching a perfect game.
Paonia opened conference play Saturday with a 15-0 win over Dolores and a no-hitter for junior pitcher Jaden Miller.
Last week's baseball play wasn't as good of a start as Delta High School coach Steve Reiher wanted. His Panthers started the week with a potent Hotchkiss Bulldogs' baseball squad, which is on a five-game win streak, including its 2-1 victory over Delta on March 27 in Delta.
The Hotchkiss baseball team is in second place in 2A District 3/5 standings after opening conference play Saturday with wins over Dolores and Ignacio.
In the Bulldogs' first win of the day sophomore Jamison Yanish was two-for-two including a three-run homer in the Bulldogs' 9-3 win over Ignacio.
The Hotchkiss baseball team found itself without a game Friday after Dayspring Christian Academy in Greeley canceled its trip due to a snowstorm that hit the Front Range. In early-season rankings Dayspring is sixth in Class 2A state rankings, and Hotchkiss is ranked seventh.
Last Saturday the Paonia Eagles were looking forward to a home doubleheader against Dayspring Christian Academy, a Greeley school ranked sixth in early-season state 2A rankings. Dayspring was scheduled to come to Delta County Friday for a game against No. 7 Hotchkiss, then face No. 1 Paonia Saturday.
The Cedaredge Bruin baseball team continues its early season battles with upper division schools and is gaining valuable experience along the way. Last week's matchups included a rematch with Eagle Valley (a team the Bruins lost to, 3-1).
Following two wins and a loss last week, Delta High School's baseball team is 4-3 on the season. The Panthers are 1-0 in 3A WSL action and lead the league standings with Gunnison (4-1, 1-0), Basalt (1-1, 1-0), Olathe (0-6, 0-1) and Roaring Fork (0-3, 0-1) rounding out the top five.
A walk-off two-run double by Kale Litzelman in the bottom of the sixth inning gave Hotchkiss a 14-4 season-opener win against Roaring Fork last week.
Hotchkiss opened with a 4-0 lead, with Jonathan Gonzalez hitting a one-run double and Chase Hiatt following with a two-run double.
The Delta High School baseball team is 2-2 on the new season with some impressive teams it has done battle with.
The Panthers began their 2017 campaign against Roaring Fork with an 8-1 win on March 10.
Cedaredge High School's baseball team has split the first four games of the year. A new regime of coaches are on board in Cedaredge and they have serious intent to make the Bruins the best they can be.
The Paonia Eagles opened the baseball season at 2-0, sweeping a doubleheader against the Uintah Utes last Thursday in Grand Junction, 3-0, 8-4.
Last season the Eagles won the District 2 championship on a 5-4 win over rival Hotchkiss.
The following information was submitted by Joe Carlson as a means of introducing the passion Cedaredge High School's new baseball coach, Terry Montoya, has for the community and Bruin baseball team.
Cedaredge High School has a new baseball coach, Terry Montoya.
Delta's Ethan Keller, second from right, signed to attend Northeast Community College in Norfolk, Neb. Keller will be working toward a culinary diploma while attending school and is expected to see plenty of baseball action for the Hawks in their inaugural baseball season.
The Colorado Rockies Skills Challenge consists of boys and girls in different age groups between 6 and 13 competing in the fundamentals of batting, base running and throwing. Keely Porter competed in the 12-13 girls group at Metro State University on Aug. 6 where she took first place.
If you haven't heard, there's a new game in town. It's the Men's Adult Baseball League (WSMABL) which features competition for players 18 years and older (18-50 in an original advertisement that is now listed as 18-60+).
Steve Reiher's summer baseball program is progressing toward the final weeks of competition. To date, the Panthers sport a 13-5-1 record following last week's action.
The 2016 Rockies' Skills Challenge was held on June 15 at Confluence Park. Boys and girls, ranging in age from 8 to 13, competed in running, hitting and throwing for a chance to advance to the next round of competition.
Competition was divided into 6/7, 8/9, 10/11 and 12/13 age divisions.
There's an old adage in sports. Before you can win it all, you have to know what it's like to lose it all.
The baseball team from Paonia High School learned that lesson painfully last Sunday when the Eagles fell to Limon 4-2 in the 2A state semifinals in Pueblo.
Paonia High School's march toward another state title is alive and more than well. The Eagles made huge strides last weekend in Pueblo with an 11-1 win over Sargent in first-round play and then bounced Akron, 7-2, in game two.
Delta High School's Panthers represented the Class 4A WSL well at last weekend's state playoff action in Frederick. Delta was in all three games, even though losing scores may not reflect it, right to the end.
The 4A WSL All-Conference baseball selections have been released and are ready for publication. Delta coach Steve Reiher's 2016 baseball team finished first in the 4A WSL with a 14-0 record, and following last week's state playoff competition, turned in a superb 19-5 overall mark.
In what has to be a disappointing finish to a marvelous baseball season, the Hotchkiss Bulldogs enjoyed a 7-2 win in first-round play in Pueblo at the 2016 State 2A Baseball Championships. A shocking 5-3 loss (in eight innings) to Limon's Badgers in a second game on Friday eliminated the Bulldogs from this year's state 2A playoffs.
The rubber game went to the Eagles.
In the third game of the year between baseball rivals Paonia and Hotchkiss, the Eagles won 5-4 last Saturday in Cortez to capture the 2A District 2 championship and clinch a spot in the 16-team state tournament field.
Cedaredge High School's baseball team held out hopes of moving deeper into this year's 2A post-season play after earning a play-in game victory over Rangely's Panthers on May 10.
The Bruins were unable to advance any further when Ignacio dealt Cedaredge a 7-3 loss in 2A District 2 play in Cortez on May 13.
A lot was on the line when Delta's Panthers took the field last Saturday for 4A District 8 baseball playoff action. The Panthers were last in a state playoff in 1984 when Delta head coach Steve Reiher played shortstop for the Panthers. Reiher acknowledged the fact it was a neat feeling to be on the ends of such a feat as a player and a coach for the same team.
The baseball team from Hotchkiss High School took one huge step toward becoming a family last Friday afternoon.
Cole Carvill hit a walk-off grand slam and the Bulldogs beat No. 1 Paonia 12-8, evening the regular season series between the rivals and giving Hotchkiss a major shot in the arm as the postseason approaches.
It wasn't pretty, but Paonia got another win in its last home baseball game of the season.
Paonia, ranked No. 1 in 2A and rolling toward the postseason, defeated Cedaredge 11-1 last Tuesday and improved to 18-0 on the campaign.
Jaspar Carmichael limited Glenwood Springs to just two hits and the Panther defense did the rest in a 12-2 WSL win last week. Carmichael worked five innings, allowing just two hits and two runs while striking out six Demons batters.
Cedaredge High School bounced back from its loss to Paonia last week and completed its 2016 regular season baseball schedule with a twinbill sweep over Meeker's Cowboys, winning the first game 12-11 and racing to a 17-9 win in game two.
The baseball team from Paonia High School added three more wins to its already impressive resume this past week.
The Eagles, ranked No. 1 in 2A in the recent CHSAA online poll, got the week started off right with a 12-4 win in Gunnison last Wednesday.
The No. 3 Hotchkiss Bulldogs improved to 15-1 on the season after defeating Roaring Fork 15-3 last week.
Presley Pene and Mario Espinoza pitched the game for the Bulldogs.
In looking back as far the 2007-08 season, Delta's Panthers have been involved in post-season baseball play but have not gotten out of district competition. This year's squad is looking to compete in another district playoff scenario with hopes of moving deeper into the playoffs.
The baseball team at Hotchkiss High School didn't need much time to bounce back.
The Bulldogs recovered from their first loss of the season and beat Cedaredge in a doubleheader last Saturday.
Delta's Panthers maintained their lead in 4A WSL play with a doubleheader win over Summit last Wednesday. Delta rolled to a 14-2 win in game one and cruised to a 12-2 decision in game two.
Depending upon which poll you follow, the state's No. 1 and No. 2 2A baseball teams met at Volunteer Park last Tuesday evening in Paonia.
In the first of two regular season matchups between rivals that have played baseball for over a hundred years, Paonia showed that it can execute in all three phases of the game and beat the Bulldogs 3-0.
The baseball team from Hotchkiss High School is in a groove.
The Bulldogs swept a doubleheader from Meeker last Friday afternoon and improved to 12-0 on the campaign.
Delta hosted Palisade's Bulldogs last Friday afternoon for what may have been a title-deciding baseball game in 4A WSL play.
The Panthers knocked off Glenwood Springs, 17-5 on Wednesday and then came back for a 14-10 decision over Palisade on Friday.
The No. 1 Eagles found themselves in unfamiliar territory but rallied for a 14-5 baseball win in Cedaredge last Wednesday.
Paonia moved to 11-0 on the eve of yesterday's showdown with No. 4 Hotchkiss.
His name may not be familiar to many, but Burns O. Drake influenced many lives. He was a teacher, World War II Naval officer, and beloved community leader.
The baseball field at Hotchkiss K-8 School is also named after him.
The same day the plaques honoring Burns O. Drake were placed at the entrance to the Hotchkiss baseball park, another project was well underway.
Colton Hall, a Boy Scout with Troop 477, chose for his Eagle Scout project to build a ramp from the park entrance down to the ball field.
The Bruins played three games last week, beginning with Roaring Fork on April 5. Cedaredge was too much for the Rams and outhit its hosts by a 13-4 margin for a 14-3 non-league victory.
On April 8 Cedaredge was in Rangely to take on the Panthers for a doubleheader.
Nearing the halfway point in the high school baseball season, the Eagles are discovering that the sky is the limit.
Paonia swept a doubleheader from Meeker last Saturday afternoon at Volunteer Park, improving to 10-0 to start the season.
The baseball team from Hotchkiss High School finally got to enjoy a little home cooking.
The Bulldogs improved to 10-0 for the season and swept Rangely in a twinbill last Saturday at Hotchkiss, beating the Panthers with football-esque scores of 14-0 and 39-0.
Delta was busy this past week with baseball games against Montrose and Battle Mountain.
The Indians used a big run in the late innings to defeat Delta, 15-7. Against Battle Mountain, the Panthers found enough offense to sweep a doubleheader from the Huskies, 8-2 and 6-4.
Cedaredge High School's baseball team ran into a determined Meeker team on Saturday. The Cowboys used a late-inning surge to score a 13-3 win in the first game of a doubleheader in 2A District 2 baseball play in Cedaredge.
Delta's Panthers were stumped by Montrose in an 11-9 loss in baseball action on March 22. The Indians stole the game with a six-run explosion in the sixth inning to take a 10-8 lead.
The Hotchkiss High School baseball team kept up its winning ways and improved to 7-0 on the season after sweeping a doubleheader in Meeker last Saturday.
All of the Bulldogs wins so far have come on the road.
The win over a scrappy Aspen Skiers' baseball team on March 22 brought Cedaredge's season record to 5-2. The Paonia Eagles are 5-0 while the Hotchkiss Bulldogs show a 7-0 record.
On the eve of its biggest road trip of the year, the baseball team from Paonia High School dominated another doubleheader at home last Saturday and has already hit twice the home runs it hit all of last season.
"I think last year we had six or eight home runs all season, and now we've already got 13," Paonia sophomore pitcher and catcher Jaden Miller said.
There's a buzz going around Volunteer Park. It's the sound of baseballs being knocked into the river.
Two of four Cedaredge High School's baseball games last week were wins, moving the Bruins' record to 4-2 overall and 1-0 in 2A District 2 play.
Cedaredge knocked off Olathe's Pirates, 22-5, on March 15 to start last week's action.
The baseball team at Hotchkiss High School is wasting no time.
The Bulldogs, who last year made it to the 2A state semifinal game, made it known that they intend to be in Pueblo again this season and are off to a 5-0 start.
The prep baseball, track and tennis seasons are just getting started. Whether or not the weather cooperates, the spring sports season in Delta County is underway.
The baseball team at Cedaredge High School got the new season started out the right way and swept Rangely in a doubleheader last Saturday.
The Bruins cruised behind the pitching of Jacob Lewis and beat the Indians 15-1 in the first game, then came from behind and defeated the visitors 21-11 in the second contest.
The 2016 high school baseball season is underway. Delta's Panthers hosted their annual baseball tournament, with three teams joining the Panthers in a two-day tournament.
Hotchkiss' Kale Litzelman had a chance to visit Chicago this summer. While in Chicago, Litzelman showed off some of his athleticism at a showcase that included 61 other prep baseball players.
The Grand Junction Rockies will honor former Colorado Rockies great Todd Helton with an on-field ceremony on Friday, Aug. 7. Grand Junction will play host to the Missoula Osprey at Suplizio Field beginning at 6:30 p.m.
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