Deltas capture share of regular season title
by Stephen Blue
|Deltas slugger Billy Funk drives a triple to right field.|
The Deltaville Deltas won two of three games last weekend to close out regular season action with a share of the regular season championship of the Southern Virginia Baseball League.
With the final scheduled regular season games completed, the Deltas share first place with the Gloucester Astros which, like Deltaville, finished the regular season with a league record of 15-5.
The York Cannons also finished 15-5; however, the Deltas and Astros both defeated the Cannons two out of three times over the course of the season. Gloucester and Deltaville split their season series, 2-2.
The first and second seeds for the championship tournament were determined by a coin flip, and the Deltas are the second seed and the Astros are the top seed. The Deltas will open double-elimination tournament play this Sunday, August 3, at noon at Denbigh High School against an undetermined opponent.
For more information on the Deltas tournament schedule, visit http://www.DeltavilleDeltas.com.
Deltas 4, Pirates 2
Jay Moore pitched his first complete game of the year, scattering 7 hits and allowing just 2 runs in a 4-2 victory over the Peninsula Pirates Friday night in Deltaville.
Moore turned in one of his best performances of the season. His only dent came in the 8th inning, when he allowed 2 runs, but was able to buckle down and preserve the 4-2 lead. He struck out 4 and issued only 2 walks.
Tim Grandy and Jimmy Denny led the Deltas’ offense. Grandy’s 4th inning single scored Brett Crawford and Dave Cunningham to give Deltaville a 2-0 lead.
Denny would make it 3-0 in the 5th inning, scoring on a passed ball.
In the 7th, Denny tripled to right field to lead off the inning, and Dustin Felvus scored him on a double.
Grandy finished with three singles, and Denny and Felvus each had their extra base hits. Chris King doubled, and James Foster, Brett Crawford, and Neal Hogge all singled.
Astros 10, Deltas 4
Ryan Wiggins scored 3 runs and the Deltas collected 9 hits, but were unable to contain the Gloucester Astros in a 10-4 loss Saturday night at Deltaville Ballpark.
The Astros scored runs in the top of the first and second innings to take a 2-0 lead. However, in the bottom of the second, Chris King hit a leadoff home run for the Deltas to cut the lead to 2-1, and Wiggins scored on a Tim Grandy double to tie the score 2-2.
Wiggins then put the Deltas on top in the 4th, scoring from third base on a wild pitch.
Starter Mike Newton settled in and pitched well through the 5th inning. However, the Astros bats came alive in the 6th. Five of the first six Astros reached on hits to start the inning, and by the time the third out was made, Gloucester led 8-3.
Gloucester would score again in the 7th and 9th innings. Wiggins scored his third run in the 8th, doubling to right field and scoring on a Neal Hogge single.
King and Wiggins led the Deltas offense. King homered and singled, and Wiggins doubled and singled. Billy Funk tripled, Grandy doubled, and Hogge, Dustin Felvus, and Jimmy Denny each singled.
Newton (4-2) took the loss, throwing 5-plus innings, allowing 6 earned runs on 8 hits and striking out 6. Grandy allowed 2 runs on 3 hits in an inning of relief. Terry Emerson pitched the final 3 innings, allowing just an unearned run on 2 hits while striking out one.
Deltas 12, Rams 8
The Deltas collected 16 hits, and Terry Emerson allowed just one earned run as Deltaville closed out its regular season with a 12-8 victory Sunday afternoon in Yorktown.
Down 4-0 in the bottom of the third inning, the Hampton Roads Rams rallied to score 4 runs and tie the game 4-4.
The Rams certainly knew how to stir a hornets nest. The next seven Deltas batters drove hits to the outfield, scoring 5 runs and building a lead they would not relinquish.
Chris King and Neal Hogge led the Deltas offense with 3 hits apiece. King doubled with two singles, and Hogge had a trio of singles. Jimmy Denny doubled and singled, Tim Grandy singled twice, and Ryan Wiggins singled and had two RBI sacrifice flies.
Billy Funk doubled, and Sam Smith, Brett Crawford, Dustin Felvus and Phillip Morgan all singled.
Terry Emerson earned his sixth win of the season. He threw 5 1/3 innings, and allowed just one earned run, scattering 7 hits and striking out one. He lowered his season ERA to 2.41. Grandy earned the save in relief, pitching the final 3 2/3 innings and allowing no runs on 2 hits while striking out 2.