Power of the Panthers

Keaton Reiher's big game at plate lifts Delta past Olathe

Delta High School’s Derek Horn slides into home plate to score one of his three runs Wednesday in the Panthers’ 12-7 victory over Olathe. Horn went 1 for 2 with two walks in the win. Horn’s hit was a two-run double in the Panthers’ four-run fifth inning.

Keaton Reiher collected three hits, including a double and a triple, and drove in three runs to lead Delta to a 12-7 victory over Olathe in nonleague baseball Wednesday.

Olathe rallied for three runs in the bottom of the seventh and had a runner on second base when the Panthers got a groundout to the shortstop to end the game. The loss was the first of the season for the Pirates (4-1).

Reiher also scored four runs, and teammate Derek Horn scored three times and delivered the big blow of Delta’s four-run fifth inning: a two-run double. That inning put the Panthers ahead 11-3.

Tyler Sandoval pitched two innings and earned the win for Delta (4-2).

Bryan Leu went 3 for 4 with a double for Olathe and Trenton Jole collected two hits. Both hit doubles.

Central 6, West Linn 4: After losing two close games at the Coach Bob National Invitational in Phoenix, Central concluded its stay in Arizona with a win, fueled by a five-run fifth inning to erase a 3-0 deficit against West Linn, a team from West Linn, Ore.

The Warriors’ rally started with two outs in the fifth as Kyle Serrano hit a home run to left-center that Central coach Chuck Yost called “a no-doubter.”

From there, the Warriors (5-4) got a single and three straight walks to score a run, and Frank DiThomas hit a three-run double to right field. Central added a run in the sixth on a run-scoring single from Michael Price.

“We just battled and finally got some timely hits,” Yost said.

Serrano finished with three hits, adding two doubles to his home run.

Francisco Rubio pitched the first five innings and earned the win.

“He did a great job, just getting ahead of hitters and throwing strikes and making our defense make plays,” Yost said of his starter.

Thurston 10, Grand Junction 0: The Tigers got no-hit and committed 11 errors in a loss Tuesday to Thurston High School of Springfield, Ore.

“We had one of those days,” Grand Junction coach Donnie Alexander said of his team’s first loss. “Every ball that was hit to somebody ... we just had a bad, bad day all-around.”

Actually there was a bright spot for the Tigers: the pitching of Josh Moore, who tossed 5 2/3 innings, limiting the Colts to three runs until he finally tired, and Thurston put up seven runs in the bottom of the sixth.

Moore struck out eight batters and walked five.

“Josh Moore pitched exceptionally well despite what was going on behind him,” Alexander said, referring to the 11 errors. “He battled and battled and battled until the sixth and got tired. His numbers don’t indicate how well he pitched.”

The Tigers (5-1) resume play in the Coach Bob National Invitational at 12:30 p.m. today against Sandra Day O’Connor High School of Phoenix, which is 19-0 and ranked 10th in the nation, according to MaxPreps.com.


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