By Wayne Crick
There hasn’t been a large number of scrimmages for Delta High School’s baseball team in July. A compacted amount of time to prepare and Independence Day festivities may have changed some of the plans young athletes might have had recently. Nonetheless, summer baseball is nearly over for many schools with other sports taking their turn returning to action.
Delta scrimmaged both Cedaredge and Gunnison on Delta High School’s baseball field on July 7. Amidst all the turmoil from the past few months, Delta coach Steve Reiher had positive thoughts about last week’s play in both scrimmages.
“I thought we pitched well and I thought Cedaredge’s kids pitched well also,” he said. “Ezra Kathrein started and went three innings followed by Nolan Bynum with two innings. Braeden Sprout and Isaac Chavez pitched one inning each.”
Reiher praised Bynum for his hitting and noted he had a home run to center field. Chavez also garnered accolades for his hitting with a few runs batted in. Chavez also played well defensively at shortstop.
“As a team we swung it okay and it was what I expected with us seeing live arms,” Reiher noted.
“Against Gunnison, we played most of our younger kids. We pitched decently in that one. Sandoval, Kappel and Baier threw the majority of that one. “We struggled at times with control, but we also made some very young mistakes behind them (pitchers), which was good because it was a great place to learn from them,” said Reiher.
Reiher went on to say he was pleased with his incoming freshmen who swung the bats well in seeing some pretty good arms from Gunnison’s pitching staff. Reiher concluded with, “Our sophomore crew continues to improve as well. It’s going to be really fun to watch these two classes grow and mature!”
The Panthers are likely finished for the summer after last Saturday’s (July 11) scrimmage against Hotchkiss. Football began camp this week, and there aren’t enough kids to do both sports to accomplish things that need to be done.