Deltas split Blue Jays series, defeat Rockies
|First baseman Tyler Wood saves a high throw to get the runner out on Monday night in the Deltas 14-8 win over the Richmond Rockies. (Photos by Stephen Blue)|
by Stephen Blue
Entering the second half of the 2016 season, the Deltaville Deltas hold an impressive 10-1 overall record after taking 2 of 3 games over the past week, and maintaining their position atop the Richmond NABA League standings. With a league record of 8-1, Deltaville sits in a tie with the Richmond Blue Jays; however, the Deltas own the head-to-head runs scored tiebreaker, seeding them first in the standings.
The Deltas play 3 games over the next 4 days, starting off with a road trip to Highland Springs High School on Thursday, June 30, to face the Richmond Tigers. On Saturday, July 2, they return home to Deltaville Ballpark for a 7:30 p.m. game against the Richmond Braves. On Sunday, July 3, the Deltas will visit the Tigers again in a 4 p.m. matchup at Varina High School.
Deltaville took a 1-0 lead in the 5th inning on a single by Travis Crump. In the 7th inning, Carter Biringer blasted a 2-out triple, and stole home on a wild pitch to extend the lead to 2-0. Ryan Wiggins stole home on a double steal in the 8th to solidify the Deltas advantage at 3-0.
Kinston Carson was electric on the mound for Deltaville. Carson struck out 10 while scattering just 2 hits over 7 innings for the win. Craig Johnson pitched 2 hitless innings of relief to earn the save.
Deltaville struck first, garnering a 1-0 lead in the 2nd inning when Jacob Houston scored on a wild pitch. The Blue Jays bounced back, however, tying the game in the 4th, and took advantage of 3 walks in the 5th to plate 3 more runs and take a 4-1 lead.
The Deltas battled back in the 7th when Alexander Crittenden lined a 2-run home run over the right field wall. In both the 8th and 9th innings, Deltaville put the tying run on base and brought the potential go-ahead run to the plate. However, strong pitching and defense by the Blue Jays preserved the win for the visitors.
Jay Moore was tagged with the loss on the mound, despite allowing just 1 earned run over 4-plus innings of work. Josh Moore threw 5 innings of relief, allowing 2 earned runs. Ryan Wiggins and Scott Crump led the Deltas offense with 2 hits apiece.
In what at first seemed destined to be a pitchers’ duel after 3 scoreless innings that saw just 1 hit between the teams, the Deltas started to break through and built a 6-0 lead, scoring twice in each of the 4th, 5th, and 6th innings. The Rockies would not roll over and blasted a 3-run home run in the bottom of the 6th to halve the Deltaville lead to 6-3.
What was at first a pitchers’ duel then turned into a slugfest. Deltaville batted around in the top of the 7th, scoring 6 runs on 6 hits while sending 12 batters to the plate in the frame. The Rockies responded with a run in the 8th before Deltaville plated 2 more runs in the top of the 9th to garner what felt like a comfortable 14-4 lead. The Rockies had other ideas, however, plating 4 runs in a last inning rally—but it was too little, too late.
Carson struck out 10 batters in 5-plus innings of work to record his 3rd win of the season, while Craig Johnson pitched the final 4 innings and held on for the save. Offensively, 6 different Deltas had multi-hit games, led by a 3-hit, 3-RBI night from Travis Crump, as well as 3-hit nights from Ryan Wiggins, Craig Johnson, and Brandon Walker. Kenny Parks and Alexander Crittenden each drove in 2 runs on 2 hits.