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Five Delta pitchers hurl perfect game

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It's been another bizzare week for Delta High School. One of its young student/athletes, junior Clayton Abila, was diagnosed with a reported Type B lymphoma (a tumor which was hand-sized with fingers spread) on the outside of his heart. There is no contact with main arteries at this time and Abila, if the report is true, will have chemotherapy with a 90 percent chance of recovery. The above statement was received from Delta High School head baseball coach Steve Reiher. A related story concerning Abila and the Cedaredge High School baseball team is found in today's Cedaredge baseball story on page B5.

The Panthers had but one game on their regular schedule this week. That contest was played in Parachute against Grand Valley's Cardinals.

Delta (9-0 and 13-6) won the 3A WSL title last week and concluded its regular season with the game against Grand Valley (0-9 and 2-17). Delta used five pitchers against the Cardinals in a 19-0 no-no.

The Panthers eased to a 3-0 lead after one inning and held a 9-0 lead going to the third frame. Another three runs in the third upped the Panthers' lead to 12-0.

Delta enjoyed a 7-0 fourth frame and shut out the Cardinals in the fifth to end the game in five innings for a 19-0 win.

Drake Horn started the game on the mound for Delta and struck out three batters. Dylan Hollenbeck pitched the second inning and struck out three followed by Jaspar Carmichael's third-inning performance where he too retired the side with three strike outs.

Freshman Nolan Bynum pitched the fourth with two strike outs and got his third out on a soft-liner to shortstop.

Andrew Baier closed the door on Grand Valley with his one inning of work and three strikeouts.

Rowyn Carmichael, returning to the lineup following a broken thumb injury, which had sidelined him for the past few weeks, picked up where he had left off before the injury. He had three hits, scored a run, hit a double and drove in six runs for the Panthers.

Trevor Myers was nearly as productive for the Panthers with his three for five day at the plate with a double, a home run and five RBIs.

The Panthers got doubles from Kolby Keller and Bynum.

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