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).
Later in the week, the Panthers traveled to Erie to face the 4A Tigers where they fell 7-3. The following day, Saturday, Delta played the Cougars of Niwot and evened its early season record at 2-2 with a 17-5 win.
The Panthers are currently shown atop the 3A WSL with their 1-0 league mark and 2-2 overall. Aspen is second (1-0, 2-1), Gunnison is third (1-0, 2-1), Basalt fourth (0-1 and 0-1), Roaring Fork fifth (0-1, 2-2), Olathe sixth (0-1, 0-4), Cedaredge seventh (0-0, 2-2), and followed by Coal Ridge (0-0, 0-0), Grand Valley (0-0, 0-2) and Moffat County (0-0, 1-0).
In Erie, Delta took an early 1-0 lead after one inning and built a 3-0 lead with the Tigers coming to bat in the bottom of the inning. Erie scored two runs in its half of the inning and added two more runs for a 4-3 lead after three innings of play.
Neither team scored in the fourth or fifth frames with Erie finishing with three runs in the bottom of the sixth for a four-run win (7-3).
Delta had nine hits in the game with Dylan Hollenbeck's 3-4 day leading the way on offense. Jaspar Carmichael banged out two hits with two RBIs. KC Carlson was 1-2, Matt Easter was 1-3 with Josh Reeder going 1-4 and Eli Farmer finishing 1-1 to account for Delta's nine hits.
Erie also finished with nine hits, led by Gavin Mendoza's 3-4 day and two RBIs. Daniel Rogers had two hits and two RBIs.
Erie's John Thoren was the winning pitcher with Drake Horn taking the loss for Delta. Horn (1-1) went five innings, gave up five hits, allowed four runs and struck out five batters.
Saturday's game against Niwot was more successful with Delta starting off with a three-run first inning and holding a 4-3 lead after two innings.
The Panthers plated four runs in the top of the fourth and added another nine counters in the sixth to fend off the 4A Cougars 17-5.
Hollenbeck (1-1) was the winning pitcher for Delta with 5.1 innings of work resulting in six hits and five runs. He was also key offensively with two hits in five at bats with a double and two RBIs to his credit.
Freshman Nolan Bynum had a big day for the Panthers with three hits and three RBIs. Jaspar Carmichael also had three hits and an RBI followed by two hits from Reeder and Rowyn Carmichael (and an RBI).
Carlson, Kolby Keller and Andrew Baier picked up two RBIs each and all had doubles for the Panthers.
Felipe Castro had three hits for the Cougars with Colton Goldfarb and Cam Hassert (two RBIs) hitting doubles.
Delta will play five games from March 20-28, beginning with its March 21 game at home against Grand Junction.
The Panthers take on Montrose on Saturday, March 24, at 10 a.m. then finish the five-game run on Wednesday, March 28, with a twin-bill against Roosevelt High School beginning at 1 p.m.