Delta and Olathe have had a long history of playing baseball against each other. Last week's contest, played in Delta, was all Panthers from start to finish. Delta opened with four runs in the first inning, added one more in the second and piled on 10 big runs in the third to build a 15-0 lead. A single run in the fourth made it 16-0, and meant the Pirates needed seven runs to keep the game going in the fifth inning.
Needless to say, Olathe, 1-2 and 2-9, did not produce the needed runs and Delta, 3-0 and 8-4, stayed atop 3A WSL standings.
Between three pitchers for Delta, the Pirates were held hitless for five innings. Jaspar Carmichael moved to 3-1 for the win with Blake Reiher and Justin Violett throwing an inning each.
Carmichael's stint on the mound included a walk, for the lone Olathe baserunner, and seven strike outs.
Josh Reeder had a double and three RBIs helping Delta win its eighth game of the season. Reiher had a double with two RBIs as did teammate Ty McCurdy.
Carmichael picked up an RBI on a double and scored two runs.
Damon Jensen, Tristan Brown and Justin Violett all had triples for the winners.
Delta played in Cedaredge on April 18 and was scheduled to face Rifle, in Rifle, April 19.
This Saturday, at 11 a.m., the Panthers will host Moffat County. Delta ends a seven-day schedule with Basalt on Tuesday, April 25, at 3 p.m.
Thanks to the efforts of state Rep. Millie Hamner, House District 61, Colorado State University plans to re-open the Rogers Mesa research site.
The facility was taken out of operation in 2011, due to budget cuts throughout the CSU system.