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Photo by Wayne Crick Delta junior Nate Workman watches his game-winning hit float over Montrose's shortstop on Monday. Workman's hit came in the eighth inning with two outs and bases loaded with the game tied.

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.

With the game tied in the bottom of the eighth and bases loaded, Workman got the chance of a youngster's lifetime when he stepped to the plate with the described scenario. His soft line drive landed just beyond the Indian's shortstop with pinch runner Jaren Reece racing home to score the winning run in a 6-5 non-conference regular season finale for the Panthers.

Workman was confident he was going to score the winner. On his way to the plate he told Delta catcher Trevor Myers, "Watch this ... I'm gonna win this game."

Montrose found life in the seventh inning with Delta miscues and two hits converting into three runs to tie the game at 5-5 and force an extra inning when Delta failed to score in the bottom of the inning.

Delta starter Ryan Cooper was close to another complete game but was relieved by Gauge Lockhart who picked up the win.

Delta finished the regular season at 19-4 and the Indians 17-6.

More details of this game will be found in the next edition of the Delta County Independent.

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