Blake Bynum, one of three coaches for the Delta 10U All Star baseball team, has chronicled the events from the team's recent tournament competition.
Delta vs Three Rivers
In a see-saw game, many lead changes occurred. Delta led 2-1 after one inning, due largely to Konner Workman's two-RBI single.
Delta still owned the lead, 3-2, after two innings. Rylan Bynum sparked the inning with an RBI single.
Three Rivers found enough offense to take a 5-3 lead after three innings of play. As the two teams entered play in the sixth, Three Rivers owned a 6-3 lead.
Delta was able to get its offense rolling and scored five times to take an 8-6 lead with Three Rivers coming to bat. Unfortunately for Delta, Three Rivers came back in its half of the sixth and scored three runs to earn a 9-8 victory.
Workman and Luke Gastineau pitched three innings each for the Panthers.
Offensive leaders for Delta were Bynum with two hits while Logan Clay, Gastineau, Landan Clay, Workman and Chaz Wilks all posted one hit each.
Delta vs Fruita
Game two was a pitcher's duel with Delta's Bynum and Caden Thompson of Fruita squaring off against each other.
The only run Fruita scored in the game was in the fourth inning on a play involving two errors.
Bynum was solid on the mound as he went five and a third innings before running out his little league pitch count. He struck out five and gave up only one hit and two walks.
Braedan Sprout closed the game for Delta by getting the final two outs.
Scoring for Delta in the 2-1 win were Treyton Sandoval and Sprout. The Panthers' big hitters were Sprout with a double and Nate Scharnhorst, who knocked him in with a single in the third.
Other notable hitters for Delta were Logan Clay and Gastineau, who each had singles.
Defensively, Scharnhorst's diving catch late in the game saved the game, as Fruita had the tying runner on base.
Delta vs Monument B
Game three was a sleeper game as Delta played Monument B. Delta's offense was dominant as the Panthers scored a 15-5 decision via the 10-run mercy rule.
Pitching by committee, Delta used Sandoval, Landan Clay, Ethan Kappel and Brett Lahoe.
Landan Clay led the offense with two hits and was followed by Logan Clay, Gastineau and Kappel.
Delta vs CRV
Game four was another heartbreaker. Delta held the lead for the majority of the game only to fall, 7-5, to Colorado River Valley.
Kappel and Sprout shared pitching duties for Delta in this contest and the Panthers were leading 5-3 until the fifth inning.
It was late-inning errors that led to Delta's demise, but "in the end, the kids never gave up and fought till the last out," noted Coach Bynum.
Hit leaders for Delta included Landan Clay and Sandoval with two safeties apiece. With one hit each were Logan Clay, Bynum, Gastineau, Kappel and Sprout.
"With a top four finish in the district tournament, it's a great start to the young kids' development," quoted Coach Bynum.
The Delta 10U all stars would like to thank all of these huge sponsors who donated money to provide uniforms and hats: Doughty Steel and Machine, Mountain Off Road Enterprises, Overholt Truss, Delta Metals, Todd and Chris Ledesma and Bynum Inc.
Paonia Elementary School second grade teacher Jodi Simpson is passionate about pedagogy. She understands that the important things kids learn in school isn't accomplished through testing, but by experiencing life and all its wonders.