Panthers sweep Huskies in fast fashion

Delta used the run rule to limit each game to five innings as it beat Battle Mountain 11-1 and 17-2 in Class 4A Western Slope League baseball Saturday.

Derek Horn went 3 for 3 and drove in four runs. Jeremiah Baier hit two doubles and Isaiah Kathrein pitched a complete game for the Panthers (6-2, 2-1) in the opener.

Horn, Lino Ortiz and Ryan Whiteside each had two hits to pace Delta’s 16-hit attack in Game 2. Whiteside had four RBI.

Loveland 7, Fruita Monument 4: In Game 1 of a nonleague doubleheader, Alec Hansen threw the first five innings for the Indians, shutting out the Wildcats on one hit and four walks while striking out 15.

“He threw gas,” Fruita coach Ray McLennan said of Hansen. “A scout clocked him at 92-93 (mph) consistently.”

The Wildcats got all four of their runs against a reliever in the sixth inning.

Loveland 12, Fruita Monument 9: The Wildcats took an 8-6 lead in Game 2 by scoring four runs in the top of the fourth, and they nearly had much more. With the bases loaded, Logan McLennan hit a sinking liner that the left fielder dove to catch for the final out.

“It was a great catch. He laid out to get it,” Ray McLennan said. “If he doesn’t catch it, Logan either gets a triple or inside-the-park home run.”

The Indians scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth to erase a 9-7 deficit.

Logan McLennan, Gage Lovern, Conner Cronkhite and Kelin Henke each had two hits for the Wildcats (5-6).

Montrose 14, Durango 10: Durango is not an easy place to play. Just ask Montrose coach Landon Wareham, whose team built an 11-1 lead through 4 1/2 innings and then held on.

“They swing the bats,” Wareham said, explaining the nine runs the Demons scored in the final three innings — five in the fifth, one in the sixth and three in the seventh. “It’s hard to keep them down.”

Pete Shearer went 2 for 4 with two RBI to lead Montrose (9-0, 2-0 Southwestern League). Ben Cruz hit a double and starting pitcher Skyler Haynes picked up the win.

Other scores: Paonia collected 30 hits in sweeping a doubleheader from Rangely, winning 20-10 and 9-7.

Track and Field

Reid Gates won the high jump and long jump and teammate Austin Williams won the shot put and took second in the discus to help the Cedaredge boys track and field team finish third Saturday at the Cedaredge Invitational.

The Bruins’ Dante Markley took second in the 100 meters and 300 hurdles, third in the 200 and fourth in the 110 hurdles.

The Bruins finished with 97.5 points. Eagle Valley won the 
17-team meet with 156.5 points.

Delta’s Chris Black won the 300 hurdles and took second to Paonia’s Ben Linnell in the triple jump.

Eagle Valley won the girls meet with 118 points. Paonia was second (100.5) and Delta third (74) in the 19-team field.

Paonia’s wins came from its 400 and medley relays and Morgan Hartigan in the shot put.

Delta’s Skylyn Webb won the 100 and 200, and Cleo Whiting won the 3,200, with her sister, Clarissa, taking second. The Panthers won the 3,200 relay.

Hotchkiss got wins from Jennifer Celis in the 400 and its 1,600 relay. Cedaredge’s Rebecca Deal won the long jump, Montrose’s Dana Shellhorn took first in the 800 and Montrose’s Abi Grace-McGee won both the 100 and 300 hurdles.

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