Delta High School Panthers’ softball got off to a big start to the 2019 season in Aspen last Monday with a doubleheader sweep over the Skiers, 26-6 and 21-0.
All nine starters in game No. 1 had at least a single in the 18-hit attack spearheaded by four RBIs each from Keslie Sandoval and Teja Smith who had doubles in the game. Keely Porter and Amanda Cotten began their seasons with home runs for the Panthers and finished the game with three RBIs each.
Delta swiped nine bases in the win with Porter’s three leading the way and closely followed by Shania Garcia and Caitlyn Carlquist with a pair of steals each.
Cotten was the winning pitcher going five innings and allowing just three hits and six runs in the five-inning contest.
Elana Hancock had a perfect day at the plate in game two with four hits — a triple and three RBIs. Porter hit her second home run of the season in a three-for-three game and finished with four RBIs while Cotten had a triple in two at bats for five RBIs.
The Panthers added another nine bases to their stolen-base list with Hayley Burwell and Morgan Barnard adding three and two pilfers, respectively, to team totals.
Jill Robinson picked up the win in a three-inning contest allowing just one hit and striking out four Skiers.
Delta’s next diamond battles are scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Aug. 30-31, in the Eaton tournament. The Panthers play at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 30, against Eaton and face University High School at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 31 and Lamar at 12:30 p.m. The Panthers host Montezuma Cortez 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3.