Delta is going to the Class 3A state baseball tournament.

The Panthers defeated Montezuma-Cortez 9-4 and Kent Denver 10-0 on Saturday, both at home, to come out of Region 4 victorious and secure their place in the state tourney.

Against Montezuma-Cortez, the Panthers (21-4) fell behind 3-0 in the first inning but scored the next five runs. Gauge Lockhart had three hits and scored twice.

Against Kent Denver, Kolby Keller and Eli Farmer both had three hits and scored three runs.

Legacy 12, Grand Junction 1: The Tigers (14-10) opened play at Douglas County in the Class 5A Region 4 playoffs and fell behind 6-0 en route to the 11-run defeat.

Jared Chapman and Sergio Moreno were responsible for the Tigers' lone run. Chapman's hit scored Moreno in the bottom of the fifth inning. Chapman, Moreno and Christian Hafey accounted for Grand Junction's three hits in the loss.

Derek Shaver, who will soon join the baseball program at Wichita State, threw four innings with two strikeouts in his final high school game.

Rocky Mountain 3, Fruita Monument 1: In 5A Region 2, the Wildcats (11-10) took the lead in the third inning, but the Lobos scored two in the fifth and one in the sixth to get the win at Legend High School.

Mountain View 2, Montrose 1: In Class 4A Region 2 play, the Indians' season ended in their postseason opener at Abraham Lincoln High School.

The game was scoreless until the sixth inning, when the Mountain Lions scored two runs and Montrose (17-7) scored one on Dustin Boone's solo home run.

Boone, a senior, had both of Montrose's hits.


Montrose finished sixth among all teams at the 4A state swim meet in Thornton.

In Saturday's finals, Ryan King won the state title in the 500 freestyle. His time of 4 minutes, 33.47 seconds was more than seven seconds faster than his preliminary time.

King also finished fourth in the 200 freestyle and, along with Cayden Christianson, Garth Knutson and Mel Littlefield, helped the Indians finish fourth in the 200 medley relay and sixth in the 400 free relay.

Christianson placed second in the 200 individual medley and fifth in the 100 butterfly.

Ammon Woodland finished 11th in 1-meter diving.

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