Delta High School softball

Junior Keely Porter shows the swing she used to deliver a three-run home run against Fruita in Delta’s final scrimmage of the day at Canyon View Park, Saturday, Aug. 17.

The 2019 Delta High School softball team participated in last weekend’s annual scrimmages held Aug. 17 in Grand Junction at Canyon View Park.

The Panthers played four practice games, beginning with Montrose. No scores were officially kept with the prime focus of preparing teams for opening day games. The DHS assistant softball coach, Terry Miller, was on hand to provide pictures of action from games played and added insights as to progression toward the Panthers’ opening game 3 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, in Gunnison.

Delta played Montrose and Central in the morning then faced Rifle and Fruita in the afternoon. Miller was more than pleased with what he witnessed Saturday.

“We are a young team this year with only one returning starter (junior Keely Porter),” Miller said. “We’ve already seen a few freshmen and sophomores step up. Overall we had some good hitting by all 13 of the girls who traveled with the team to Grand Junction.”

Even with so much youth, Miller noted, “It will be a good season for our young team.”

Porter was a definite bright spot for Delta on Saturday. The season will not be put on the shoulders of one player.

“Keely (Porter) shined, as usual, but all the girls contributed in many different ways,” Miller said, summing up the day. “It’s going to be fun!”

Delta swings into its first road test, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 30-31, in the Eaton Tournament. The Panthers face host Eaton on Friday with a 4:30 p.m. contest. The team then takes on University at 10 a.m. and Lamar at 12:30 p.m. Saturday to conclude tournament play. The following week, Delta varsity squad begins the month of September at home against Montrose at 3 p.m. Sept. 3.

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