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Deltas fall in championship round

Members of the Deltaville Deltas include, front row from left, Travis Crump, Alexander Crittenden, Colby Wiggins, Smiley Smith, Ryan Wiggins, Robert Shermer, Jacob Houston and Ryan Reynolds; back row, assistant coach Stephen Blue, Sam Somers, Harley Moore, Jarrad Moscicki, Reggie Johnson, Will Barrack, Jay Moore, JC Moscicki, Brandon Light, Scott Crump and head coach Jerry Crittenden. Not pictured are Brandon Putney, Josh Martin, Alan Ward and Ryan Ward. (Photo by Stephen Blue)

by Stephen Blue

The Deltaville Deltas finished their most successful season since 2005 on Sunday, losing 3-1 in a tightly-contested championship game against the Newport News Cardinals.

The championship marked back-to-back titles for the Cardinals, who finished the season with an 18-3 record. The Deltas, playing for the tournament championship for the first time since 2005 with the then Richmond-based Virginia Baseball League, finished their season with an 18-4 mark.

Deltas catcher Ryan Reynolds applies the tag to a Cardinal runner at home plate during Sunday’s championship game. (Photo by Stephen Blue)

Deltaville reached the championship game by edging the VBA 61’s on Saturday night, 4-2.

“The Deltas would like to thank all of our fans and supporters for coming out during the 2013 season, and we look forward to seeing everyone back next summer,” said a team spokesperson.

Cardinals 3, Deltas 1
The Deltas and Cardinals locked into a defensive battle in Sunday’s championship game, with a series of diving catches, close plays, and excellent pitching. Two of the most potent offenses in the league could manage only a combined 11 hits and 4 runs. However, a pair of timely hits and a Deltas defensive error led the Cardinals to the title.

The Cardinals took the early lead in the 2nd inning, scoring a pair of runs after an errant throw on a would-be groundout extended the inning.

Deltas pitcher Jay Moore held the Cardinals at bay through the 6th inning, retiring 12 of the next 14 batters he faced.

Deltaville cut the lead in half in the top of the 7th inning. Scott Crump drove a one-out single to right field and was driven home on a blast to the center field wall by Robert Shermer.

Newport News, however, strung together a pair of hits in the bottom half of the inning to regain their 2-run lead.

J. Moore took the loss on the mound for the Deltas, his first of the season. He pitched into the 7th inning, allowing 3 runs (1 earned) on 6 hits, while striking out 5. Harley Moore pitched 2 innings of scoreless relief.
Besides Crump and Shermer’s hits, Alexander Crittenden and Ryan Wiggins also had hits for the Deltas.

Deltas 4, 61’s 2
Before Sunday’s championship, the Deltas had to get past the VBA 61’s, who had fallen to the Deltas in their previous two meetings by just one run.

Saturday’s game proved little different, as the Deltas pulled out a 4-2 victory behind the pitching of Reggie Johnson and Smiley Smith.

After the 61’s took a 1-0 lead in the 3rd inning, Brandon Light crushed a triple to the outfield fence, scoring S. Crump and Shermer.

The 61’s fired back to tie the game in the top of the 5th, but Deltaville immediately responded with 2 more runs, which would make the final score 4-2.

Johnson pitched 6 ⅓ innings in relief, earning the win and striking out 10. Smith started on the mound, striking out 3 in 2⅔ innings.

Colby Wiggins led the offense with a double and a single.

posted 08.07.2013

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