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Split puts pennant on hold

DELTA – Curtis Engelhart’s seventh- inning home run against Rifle ace Jason Enewold puts the Western Slope League outright pennant on hold until Monday.

The senior outfielder’s blow gave the host Panthers a 5-3 win, but, the Bears returned the favor in game two.

After administering a 15-8 pounding, Rifle (10-2 WSL, 15-4 overall) has a half-game lead over Delta (9-2). The doubleheader split forces Thursday’s Delta-Glenwood Springs game, which was postponed due to poor field conditions.

The rescheduled game will be played on Monday at 4 p.m. at Glenwood Springs Middle School.

If Glenwood wins, the Bears will be the league champion. A Delta victory over the Demons makes Rifle and Delta league co-champions.

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No matter the outcome of Monday’s game, both teams have advanced to the first round of the state Class 4A playoffs.

In game one, Delta pinned Rifle ace pitcher Jason Enewold with only his second defeat (against 7 wins) this season.

The second game was a nip-and-tuck affair through four innings before Rifle broke the dam open in the sixth.

Tied at 6-all, the Bears scored nine runs in the inning to take a 15-6 lead.

After pitching 52⁄3 innings and allowing two Delta runs in the bottom of the sixth, Rifle starter Owen Madison was relieved by Enewold, who promptly slammed the door.

In the remaining 11⁄3 innings, Enewold rang up two strikeouts and held the Panthers to one baserunner.

The Bear senior also made some noise from the plate.

He, along with outfielder Eli Snead, combined for six of Rifle’s 15 hits in the second game. Enewold also had a double plus and a RBI in the contest.


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