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Deltas no-hit Braves; roll past Riptides; to host Virginia Beach Saturday night

Deltaville pitchers, Jay Moore, Craig Johnson (pictured) and Jake Jackson combined to no-hit the Richmond Braves on July 20. (Photos by Stephen Blue)

by Stephen Blue

Three Deltaville Deltas pitchers combined for a 7-inning no hitter on Wednesday, July 20, against the Richmond Braves, and the Deltas used an 11-run inning to cruise past the Lancaster Riptides on Saturday night in Deltaville. 

The wins propelled Deltaville to a record of 17-1 overall, and 14-1 in Richmond National Adult Baseball Association (NABA) league play. The Deltas continue to hold onto a half-game advantage over the second place Richmond Blue Jays. The Blue Jays stand at 13-1-1 on the season.

This weekend the Deltas will play host to one of the top teams in the Hampton Roads NABA, the Virginia Beach Vipers. Coming to Deltaville with a record of 13-7, the high-powered Vipers offense has scored the second most runs in the 12-team Hampton Roads league. The two teams will face off at 7:30 p.m. at Deltaville Ballpark on Saturday, July 30. On Sunday, July 31, the Deltas will resume league play with a trip to Mechanicsville to face the Richmond Rockies (6-7-1) in a 4 p.m. game.

Deltas 10, Braves 0
Pitchers Jay Moore, Jake Jackson, and Craig Johnson combined to hurl a no-hitter on July 20 in Richmond as the Deltas went on to defeat the Richmond Braves 10-0.

The three pitchers combined to strike out 10 batters, while allowing just 1 walk and 1 hit by pitch. Moore started the game and pitched the first 5 innings, earning the win. Jackson and Johnson each struck out 3 batters in relief work.

Offensively, Deltaville pounded out 12 hits, with Travis Crump leading the way with 3 hits, 2 runs and 3 RBIs. Johnson also collected 3 hits, including a 2nd-inning leadoff triple that resulted in the Deltas’ first run of the game. Brandon Walker blasted a 2-run home run in the 6th to cap the Deltas’ offensive action.

Deltas 15, Riptides 2
The Deltaville Deltas sent 15 batters to the plate in the 3rd inning of Saturday night’s game and cruised to a 15-2 victory over the Lancaster Riptides.

Ryan Wiggins sparked the onslaught of runs with a leadoff single—the first of two hits he had in the frame. By the time the inning ended after a Brandon Walker 2-run base hit capped the rally, Deltaville held a 12-0 lead.

The Deltas added 2 more runs in the 4th, and another in the 6th. The Riptides’ offense succeeded in getting on the scoreboard in the 6th inning with a pair of runs. 

The pitching staff spread out the workload with Kinston Carson striking out 7 over the course of 3 hitless innings to start the game. Craig Johnson was credited with the win, pitching the 4th and 5th frames, while Josh Moore and Jake Jackson relieved and preserved the win.

posted 07.27.2016

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