Prep roundup: Delta earns berth in 3A state softball tournament

Delta High School’s softball team earned a state-tournament berth for the first time since 2009, placing second in the Class 3A Region 2 tournament at Rocky Ford on Saturday.

The Panthers (12-9) earned the state-tourney berth with their 19-1, four-inning victory over Fort Lupton before losing 9-0 against host Rocky Ford in the regional title game. Coach Steve Reiher said the last time Delta reached the state tournament, it played as a co-op program.

Lily Lockhart went 3 for 3 with a double and home run, giving her 50 home runs in her high school career. Jenna Sutliff and Saydee Culver each went 3 for 4 with three RBI and a home run, with Megan Sandoval adding a pair of doubles.

Cedaredge qualifies: The Bruins (15-6) beat Akron 14-8 in the 3A Region 7 tournament in Westminster to earn a state-tournament berth, and a 3-for-3 performance from Katie Arnold led Cedaredge’s 23-hit attack. The Bruins lost the title game against The Academy, 7-1.

Fruita Monument (11-10) dropped both of its games in the 5A Region 2 tournament, losing 11-1 to Rocky Mountain and 11-8 to Cherry Creek. Montrose (8-13) was eliminated after it lost 12-0 to Erie and 16-1 against Golden in the 5A Region 1 tournament.


Marlon Castillo had 234 yards rushing on 19 carries for Plateau Valley, as the Cowboys scored three unanswered touchdowns to rally for a 34-20 victory in an 8-man Northwest League game at Soroco. Layne Christensen added 170 rushing yards on 27 carries for Plateau Valley (3-3).

Delta 42, Montezuma-Cortez 6: The Panthers (5-2, 3-0 2A Intermountain Conference) jumped to a 42-0 halftime lead and cruised to the road victory.


Alexandra MacAskill had 12 kills and Emily Tucker and Reannon Baskin each added nine in Palisade’s 25-14, 28-26, 25-14 victory at Steamboat Springs. Gravey Higman added 34 assists and Abby Thiessen and Kessa Valvoda each added eight digs for the Bulldogs (10-6, 7-2 4A Western Slope League).

Fruita Monument 3, Durango 0: The Wildcats (12-5, 6-1 Southwestern League) swept Durango 25-20, 25-15, 25-18, to keep pace with Montrose in the league standings.


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