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Deltas compete for league championship

Jay Moore pitches Deltas past Tigers

Veteran Deltas pitcher Jay Moore was at his best on Saturday night, taking a no-hitter into the 7th inning in Deltaville’s 6-3 win over the Richmond Tigers. Moore struck out a season-high 11 batters in the game.

by Stephen Blue

Deltaville Deltas veteran starting pitcher Jay Moore took a no-hitter into the 7th inning on Saturday night leading the top seeded Deltas past the 4th-seeded Richmond Tigers in a 6-3 playoff win.

The Deltas scored all of their runs in the bottom of the 2nd inning. Taking advantage of a pair of walks, the Deltas strung together a series of 4 hits to plate 6 runs in the frame. Alexander Crittenden drilled a bases-loaded double to score 2 runs, and Ryan Wiggins followed with a 2-run single. Craig Johnson and Chris Blake also had RBIs in the inning. 

The 6 runs was all Moore would need on the mound. The right-hander did not allow a hit until the 7th inning when the Tigers broke through with a 1-out single via a ground ball through the hole into right field. Moore finished the game with a season-high 11 strikeouts. The Tigers managed to plate 2 runs in the 7th, and cut the lead to 6-3 in the 8th, but relief pitcher Jack Jett struck out 3 of the final 4 batters he faced to finish the game. 

Alex Fitchett and Craig Johnson led the Deltas offense, each with 2-hit games.

The Deltas were scheduled to advance to the tournament semifinal on Tuesday night versus the #2-seeded Richmond Blue Jays; however, that game was postponed due to field conditions, and Wednesday’s result was not available at print time. Should the Deltas win that game, they will play for the league title on Saturday, August 12, in a 1 p.m. game at James River High School in Richmond. If the Deltas fall to the Blue Jays, they will have to win a losers bracket game on Thursday, August 10, against the #3-seeded Richmond Orioles in order to advance to the championship. 

posted 08.09.2017

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