With six Paonia baseball players receiving all-state honors from the Colorado High School Activities Association, it's easy to see why the Eagles went undefeated this season. They are loaded with talent.
The 2017 high school all-state baseball selections were released recently.
Several athletes from Delta County were honored with selections to the state's elite baseball squads.
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Western Slope Conference (2A)
Boys District 3/5
The Paonia Eagles baseball team topped off a historic season at Hobbs Field in Pueblo Saturday, holding its opponents scoreless in state semifinal and final games to bring home the trophy and end the year with a perfect 25-0 record.
Head coach Nate Miller called the win a "huge redemption" after the Eagles suffered a heartbreaker 4-2 state semifinal loss to Limon last May.
For Hotchkiss the trip to state baseball tournament play was more than just another chance to play for a state title. It was about reaching round two for a chance to face Paonia's Eagles for the fourth time this season.
Paonia's baseball team remained undefeated last weekend and heads to the fateful semifinal round which kayoed the Eagles title run in 2016 when Limon knocked off Paonia in a late innings rally.
The Eagles won their opening round contest against No. 16 Sargent (11-11 overall and 7-1 in 2A District 1 play) on Saturday morning in Pueblo.
First year coach Terry Montoya orchestrated a successful baseball season for Cedarege High School in 2017. The Bruins finished 14-5, with three of those games being losses by two or less runs.
A great 2017 season continued with post-season accolades for seven Delta Panther baseball players.
Those players selected, by coaches vote, included infielders Justin Violett (SR), Jaspar Carmichael (JR) and senior Blake Reiher.
Paonia and Hotchkiss will advance to regional baseball competition in Pueblo this week after placing 1-2 at the 2A District 3/5 tournament at Grand Valley High School in Parachute Saturday.
Hotchkiss, which is seeded eighth in the state, takes a 15-5 record into the regional tournament.
Because they are on the same side of the bracket, Paonia and Hotchkiss could face each other again this Friday.
Unfortunately for the Cedaredge Bruins, their baseball season ended abruptly in the first round of the 3A Region 1 playoffs in Lamar. Cedaredge fell behind early in its contest against number three seed Sterling (11-8) and eventually lost 17-7 and was eliminated from this year's 3A state tournament.
A 12-game winning streak came to an agonizing halt last Saturday with a 20-17 loss to Valley in the Region 8 3A championship game. Many hope this year's adventure in Class 3A will be a common occurrence.
After winning a pair of conference baseball games the Delta Panthers completed the 2017 league schedule with a 9-0 record and 15-4 overall. Delta defeated Gunnison 24-1, in Gunnison, on May 4.
Cedaredge High School's baseball team ended the regular season with a win over visiting Aspen on May 2 and then won a doubleheader in New Castle with Coal Ridge on May 6, 3-2 and 12-2.
Most of the game against Aspen was close until the sixth inning when the Bruins erupted for eight runs to seal the 10-1 win.
Paonia will take a 19-0 record into this week's District 3/5 tournament after wins over Nucla and Sanford.
Last Tuesday's 9-1 home win over Nucla was a little closer than their first meeting.
If there was any question as to who the best team is in 1A/2A District 5 competition, it was answered last week as No. 1-ranked Paonia swept a two-game series against No. 2 Hotchkiss.
With two games left on its regular schedule, Delta's baseball fortunes rest with a tough foe in Gunnison (12-3 and 6-1) and a scrappy Grand Valley team (2-13, 0-7) this week. The Panthers defeated Basalt (13-2) on April 25 and slipped past stubborn Aspen, 16-0, on April 29.
The Bruins won both games scheduled for last week. A scrappy Olathe team visited Cedaredge on April 25 and put up a good battle in a 19-16 loss to the Bruins. Cedaredge outhit the Pirates in the high-scoring game, 16-10.
Cedaredge needed to keep on pace to be a part of the top tier in 3A WSL baseball.
The Bruins remained in third place (3-2, 9-5) after splitting with Delta and Roaring Fork last week.
The Hotchkiss Bulldogs increased their overall record to 12-2 Saturday, outscoring Rangely by 31 points in a two-game series at Rangely.
Hotchkiss opened the series with a 17-0 conference win over the Panthers.
Paonia takes a 15-0 overall record into the week following two five-inning wins at Meeker Saturday.
The undefeated Eagles opened with a 14-3 conference win over the Cowboys. Meeker (10-5 overall, 2-2 in 2A District 3/5) had five hits and three RBIs in the loss.
A key showdown in 3A WSL baseball was last week's Delta versus Cedaredge baseball game played in Cedaredge. The Panthers (5-0 and 11-4) were on a current winning streak (five games) that stretched to seven after a 19-0 win over Moffat County (3-2 and 5-7) on Saturday.
With five games remaining in the prep baseball season, it seems no one is going to touch Paonia. Even in facing a 5A team and a high-ranked 3A team last week, its record remained unscathed and it ended the week at 13-0.
A visit to Gunnison on April 11 turned out to be disastrous for Cedaredge as it lost a 14-0 conference decision to the Cowboys. Later in the week, the Bruins returned to their winning ways with a doubleheader sweep over the visiting Basalt Longhorns on Saturday.
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.
With six games remaining in regulation play the Hotchkiss Bulldogs are now 10-2 overall and 3-0 and in second place in the 2A District 3/5 baseball standings ahead of this Saturday's doubleheader at Rangely.
In their 11-2 win over Nucla, the Dogs took a 6-0 lead in the opening inning.
Paonia continues to dominate on the diamond. Last week the Eagles outscored opponents, 46-2, in three games.
A walk-off three-run homer by Kaden Seriani in the bottom of the fifth inning gave Paonia an 11-0 non-conference win over Coal Ridge last Wednesday.
Hotchkiss ended the week with an 8-2 record after sweeping a conference doubleheader Saturday against Meeker. The games opened conference play for the Cowboys, who were 6-0 heading into the series.
The Bruins of Cedaredge had a strong week with wins over 2A Hotchkiss and 3A Moffat County. A big second inning got Cedaredge off to a lead it would never relinquish in an 11-1 non conference victory. A weekend encounter against Moffat County was another win, 9-2, for the Bruins.
In one week, two Paonia Eagles were one walk away from pitching a perfect game.
Paonia opened conference play Saturday with a 15-0 win over Dolores and a no-hitter for junior pitcher Jaden Miller.
Last week's baseball play wasn't as good of a start as Delta High School coach Steve Reiher wanted. His Panthers started the week with a potent Hotchkiss Bulldogs' baseball squad, which is on a five-game win streak, including its 2-1 victory over Delta on March 27 in Delta.
The Hotchkiss baseball team is in second place in 2A District 3/5 standings after opening conference play Saturday with wins over Dolores and Ignacio.
In the Bulldogs' first win of the day sophomore Jamison Yanish was two-for-two including a three-run homer in the Bulldogs' 9-3 win over Ignacio.
The Hotchkiss baseball team found itself without a game Friday after Dayspring Christian Academy in Greeley canceled its trip due to a snowstorm that hit the Front Range. In early-season rankings Dayspring is sixth in Class 2A state rankings, and Hotchkiss is ranked seventh.
Last Saturday the Paonia Eagles were looking forward to a home doubleheader against Dayspring Christian Academy, a Greeley school ranked sixth in early-season state 2A rankings. Dayspring was scheduled to come to Delta County Friday for a game against No. 7 Hotchkiss, then face No. 1 Paonia Saturday.
The Cedaredge Bruin baseball team continues its early season battles with upper division schools and is gaining valuable experience along the way. Last week's matchups included a rematch with Eagle Valley (a team the Bruins lost to, 3-1).
Following two wins and a loss last week, Delta High School's baseball team is 4-3 on the season. The Panthers are 1-0 in 3A WSL action and lead the league standings with Gunnison (4-1, 1-0), Basalt (1-1, 1-0), Olathe (0-6, 0-1) and Roaring Fork (0-3, 0-1) rounding out the top five.
A walk-off two-run double by Kale Litzelman in the bottom of the sixth inning gave Hotchkiss a 14-4 season-opener win against Roaring Fork last week.
Hotchkiss opened with a 4-0 lead, with Jonathan Gonzalez hitting a one-run double and Chase Hiatt following with a two-run double.
The Delta High School baseball team is 2-2 on the new season with some impressive teams it has done battle with.
The Panthers began their 2017 campaign against Roaring Fork with an 8-1 win on March 10.
Cedaredge High School's baseball team has split the first four games of the year. A new regime of coaches are on board in Cedaredge and they have serious intent to make the Bruins the best they can be.
The Paonia Eagles opened the baseball season at 2-0, sweeping a doubleheader against the Uintah Utes last Thursday in Grand Junction, 3-0, 8-4.
Last season the Eagles won the District 2 championship on a 5-4 win over rival Hotchkiss.
The following information was submitted by Joe Carlson as a means of introducing the passion Cedaredge High School's new baseball coach, Terry Montoya, has for the community and Bruin baseball team.
Cedaredge High School has a new baseball coach, Terry Montoya.
Delta's Ethan Keller, second from right, signed to attend Northeast Community College in Norfolk, Neb. Keller will be working toward a culinary diploma while attending school and is expected to see plenty of baseball action for the Hawks in their inaugural baseball season.
The Colorado Rockies Skills Challenge consists of boys and girls in different age groups between 6 and 13 competing in the fundamentals of batting, base running and throwing. Keely Porter competed in the 12-13 girls group at Metro State University on Aug. 6 where she took first place.
If you haven't heard, there's a new game in town. It's the Men's Adult Baseball League (WSMABL) which features competition for players 18 years and older (18-50 in an original advertisement that is now listed as 18-60+).
Steve Reiher's summer baseball program is progressing toward the final weeks of competition. To date, the Panthers sport a 13-5-1 record following last week's action.
The 2016 Rockies' Skills Challenge was held on June 15 at Confluence Park. Boys and girls, ranging in age from 8 to 13, competed in running, hitting and throwing for a chance to advance to the next round of competition.
Competition was divided into 6/7, 8/9, 10/11 and 12/13 age divisions.
There's an old adage in sports. Before you can win it all, you have to know what it's like to lose it all.
The baseball team from Paonia High School learned that lesson painfully last Sunday when the Eagles fell to Limon 4-2 in the 2A state semifinals in Pueblo.
Paonia High School's march toward another state title is alive and more than well. The Eagles made huge strides last weekend in Pueblo with an 11-1 win over Sargent in first-round play and then bounced Akron, 7-2, in game two.
Delta High School's Panthers represented the Class 4A WSL well at last weekend's state playoff action in Frederick. Delta was in all three games, even though losing scores may not reflect it, right to the end.
The 4A WSL All-Conference baseball selections have been released and are ready for publication. Delta coach Steve Reiher's 2016 baseball team finished first in the 4A WSL with a 14-0 record, and following last week's state playoff competition, turned in a superb 19-5 overall mark.
In what has to be a disappointing finish to a marvelous baseball season, the Hotchkiss Bulldogs enjoyed a 7-2 win in first-round play in Pueblo at the 2016 State 2A Baseball Championships. A shocking 5-3 loss (in eight innings) to Limon's Badgers in a second game on Friday eliminated the Bulldogs from this year's state 2A playoffs.
The rubber game went to the Eagles.
In the third game of the year between baseball rivals Paonia and Hotchkiss, the Eagles won 5-4 last Saturday in Cortez to capture the 2A District 2 championship and clinch a spot in the 16-team state tournament field.
Cedaredge High School's baseball team held out hopes of moving deeper into this year's 2A post-season play after earning a play-in game victory over Rangely's Panthers on May 10.
The Bruins were unable to advance any further when Ignacio dealt Cedaredge a 7-3 loss in 2A District 2 play in Cortez on May 13.
A lot was on the line when Delta's Panthers took the field last Saturday for 4A District 8 baseball playoff action. The Panthers were last in a state playoff in 1984 when Delta head coach Steve Reiher played shortstop for the Panthers. Reiher acknowledged the fact it was a neat feeling to be on the ends of such a feat as a player and a coach for the same team.
The baseball team from Hotchkiss High School took one huge step toward becoming a family last Friday afternoon.
Cole Carvill hit a walk-off grand slam and the Bulldogs beat No. 1 Paonia 12-8, evening the regular season series between the rivals and giving Hotchkiss a major shot in the arm as the postseason approaches.
It wasn't pretty, but Paonia got another win in its last home baseball game of the season.
Paonia, ranked No. 1 in 2A and rolling toward the postseason, defeated Cedaredge 11-1 last Tuesday and improved to 18-0 on the campaign.
Jaspar Carmichael limited Glenwood Springs to just two hits and the Panther defense did the rest in a 12-2 WSL win last week. Carmichael worked five innings, allowing just two hits and two runs while striking out six Demons batters.
Cedaredge High School bounced back from its loss to Paonia last week and completed its 2016 regular season baseball schedule with a twinbill sweep over Meeker's Cowboys, winning the first game 12-11 and racing to a 17-9 win in game two.
The baseball team from Paonia High School added three more wins to its already impressive resume this past week.
The Eagles, ranked No. 1 in 2A in the recent CHSAA online poll, got the week started off right with a 12-4 win in Gunnison last Wednesday.
The No. 3 Hotchkiss Bulldogs improved to 15-1 on the season after defeating Roaring Fork 15-3 last week.
Presley Pene and Mario Espinoza pitched the game for the Bulldogs.
In looking back as far the 2007-08 season, Delta's Panthers have been involved in post-season baseball play but have not gotten out of district competition. This year's squad is looking to compete in another district playoff scenario with hopes of moving deeper into the playoffs.
The baseball team at Hotchkiss High School didn't need much time to bounce back.
The Bulldogs recovered from their first loss of the season and beat Cedaredge in a doubleheader last Saturday.
Delta's Panthers maintained their lead in 4A WSL play with a doubleheader win over Summit last Wednesday. Delta rolled to a 14-2 win in game one and cruised to a 12-2 decision in game two.
Depending upon which poll you follow, the state's No. 1 and No. 2 2A baseball teams met at Volunteer Park last Tuesday evening in Paonia.
In the first of two regular season matchups between rivals that have played baseball for over a hundred years, Paonia showed that it can execute in all three phases of the game and beat the Bulldogs 3-0.
The baseball team from Hotchkiss High School is in a groove.
The Bulldogs swept a doubleheader from Meeker last Friday afternoon and improved to 12-0 on the campaign.
Delta hosted Palisade's Bulldogs last Friday afternoon for what may have been a title-deciding baseball game in 4A WSL play.
The Panthers knocked off Glenwood Springs, 17-5 on Wednesday and then came back for a 14-10 decision over Palisade on Friday.
The No. 1 Eagles found themselves in unfamiliar territory but rallied for a 14-5 baseball win in Cedaredge last Wednesday.
Paonia moved to 11-0 on the eve of yesterday's showdown with No. 4 Hotchkiss.
His name may not be familiar to many, but Burns O. Drake influenced many lives. He was a teacher, World War II Naval officer, and beloved community leader.
The baseball field at Hotchkiss K-8 School is also named after him.
The same day the plaques honoring Burns O. Drake were placed at the entrance to the Hotchkiss baseball park, another project was well underway.
Colton Hall, a Boy Scout with Troop 477, chose for his Eagle Scout project to build a ramp from the park entrance down to the ball field.
The Bruins played three games last week, beginning with Roaring Fork on April 5. Cedaredge was too much for the Rams and outhit its hosts by a 13-4 margin for a 14-3 non-league victory.
On April 8 Cedaredge was in Rangely to take on the Panthers for a doubleheader.
Nearing the halfway point in the high school baseball season, the Eagles are discovering that the sky is the limit.
Paonia swept a doubleheader from Meeker last Saturday afternoon at Volunteer Park, improving to 10-0 to start the season.
The baseball team from Hotchkiss High School finally got to enjoy a little home cooking.
The Bulldogs improved to 10-0 for the season and swept Rangely in a twinbill last Saturday at Hotchkiss, beating the Panthers with football-esque scores of 14-0 and 39-0.
Delta was busy this past week with baseball games against Montrose and Battle Mountain.
The Indians used a big run in the late innings to defeat Delta, 15-7. Against Battle Mountain, the Panthers found enough offense to sweep a doubleheader from the Huskies, 8-2 and 6-4.
Cedaredge High School's baseball team ran into a determined Meeker team on Saturday. The Cowboys used a late-inning surge to score a 13-3 win in the first game of a doubleheader in 2A District 2 baseball play in Cedaredge.
Delta's Panthers were stumped by Montrose in an 11-9 loss in baseball action on March 22. The Indians stole the game with a six-run explosion in the sixth inning to take a 10-8 lead.
The Hotchkiss High School baseball team kept up its winning ways and improved to 7-0 on the season after sweeping a doubleheader in Meeker last Saturday.
All of the Bulldogs wins so far have come on the road.
The win over a scrappy Aspen Skiers' baseball team on March 22 brought Cedaredge's season record to 5-2. The Paonia Eagles are 5-0 while the Hotchkiss Bulldogs show a 7-0 record.
On the eve of its biggest road trip of the year, the baseball team from Paonia High School dominated another doubleheader at home last Saturday and has already hit twice the home runs it hit all of last season.
"I think last year we had six or eight home runs all season, and now we've already got 13," Paonia sophomore pitcher and catcher Jaden Miller said.
There's a buzz going around Volunteer Park. It's the sound of baseballs being knocked into the river.
Two of four Cedaredge High School's baseball games last week were wins, moving the Bruins' record to 4-2 overall and 1-0 in 2A District 2 play.
Cedaredge knocked off Olathe's Pirates, 22-5, on March 15 to start last week's action.
The baseball team at Hotchkiss High School is wasting no time.
The Bulldogs, who last year made it to the 2A state semifinal game, made it known that they intend to be in Pueblo again this season and are off to a 5-0 start.
The prep baseball, track and tennis seasons are just getting started. Whether or not the weather cooperates, the spring sports season in Delta County is underway.
The baseball team at Cedaredge High School got the new season started out the right way and swept Rangely in a doubleheader last Saturday.
The Bruins cruised behind the pitching of Jacob Lewis and beat the Indians 15-1 in the first game, then came from behind and defeated the visitors 21-11 in the second contest.
The 2016 high school baseball season is underway. Delta's Panthers hosted their annual baseball tournament, with three teams joining the Panthers in a two-day tournament.
Hotchkiss' Kale Litzelman had a chance to visit Chicago this summer. While in Chicago, Litzelman showed off some of his athleticism at a showcase that included 61 other prep baseball players.
The Grand Junction Rockies will honor former Colorado Rockies great Todd Helton with an on-field ceremony on Friday, Aug. 7. Grand Junction will play host to the Missoula Osprey at Suplizio Field beginning at 6:30 p.m.
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