Practice conditions were hardly ideal last week as Paonia prepared for a conference double-header against Rangely. But the Eagles were ready when they stepped off the bus, warming up with a 7-4 win over their hosts, then handing them a 17-3 throttling in five innings in game two.
The wins clinched the 2A Western Slope League title for the Eagles, who are now 11-5 overall and 9-1 in conference play.
At the plate, the Eagles had four strikeouts for the day.
Three runs in the fourth inning gave the Eagles a 6-1 lead in game one.
Tyler Jackson was two for four with a double and an RBI. Jacob Leon also batted two for two.
Keaton Kropp was two for five with two RBIs, a double, and a sacrifice fly. Six players went nine for nine in stolen base attempts.
Taylor Katzer struck out 11 batters in seven innings. He allowed the Panthers five hits, including one double and one triple, and had two errors.
In game two, Tyler Kendall allowed three hits and struck out five in five innings. Paonia had 14 hits in 27 plate appearances. Three players batted 1.000: Tyler Jackson had three hits for four RBIs and scored two runs; Logan Schopp was one for one, and Kyle Manuppella had three hits and three RBIs.
Paonia was 15-15 in stolen bases for the day, led by Katzer with four steals.
Rangely scored its three runs in the opening inning.
Paonia will wrap up its schedule with an April 27 league double-header at Meeker and a non-conference game against Cedaredge on April 30 at Paonia.