Deltas fall in extra innings
by Stephen Blue
|Members of the 2009 Deltaville Deltas include, front row from left, Brett Crawford, Dustin Felvus, Chris Williams, Tim Grandy, Dave Cunningham and Mike Newton; back row, Jimmy Denny, Neal Hogge, Chris King, Luke Saunders, Justin Ferrell, Ryan Wiggins, Jay Moore, Josh Youngman, Terry Emerson, Jonathon Somers and manager Jerry Crittenden. Not pictured are Josh Crawford, Stephen Blue, Kyle Morris, Drew Eads and Jake Fletcher.|
The game started on Saturday night, and was tied 0-0 after the first three innings. Heavy rain set in, however, and the game was postponed until Sunday afternoon.
On Sunday, the Cardinals struck first, scoring a pair of runs in the top of the 5th inning. Deltaville immediately responded in the bottom half of the inning, when Brett Crawford smacked a 2-run single to score Ryan Wiggins and Jimmy Denny.
Deltaville missed two scoring opportunities in the 7th and 8th innings, including loading the bases in the 8th; however, they were unable to get a key 2-out hit.
After completing the regulation 9 innings in a 2-2 tie, the Cardinals plated 2 runs in the top of the 10th inning to take a 4-2 lead.
Deltaville attempted to respond in the bottom of the 10th, when Luke Saunders led the inning off with a single. Two other batters reached on fielder’s choices, however, the Deltas couldn’t pull off the comeback.
Deltaville was led offensively by Jimmy Denny, who collected 2 doubles and a single. Brett Crawford and Luke Saunders each had 2 singles, and Ryan Wiggins, Tim Grandy and Chris Williams had a single apiece.
Jonathon Somers started on the mound on Saturday night and was relieved on Sunday by Jay Moore.
The Cardinals went on to beat the Gloucester Astros on Sunday night, 8-7, for their 5th straight win of the tournament to set up a Monday night winner-take-all game with the defending champions. Gloucester then reigned supreme for the second consecutive year, nabbing the league championship with a 1-0 victory.
The 2009 season was one of the most competitive seen in the Southern Virginia Baseball League, with five of the six league teams garnering 10 or more wins.
The Deltas extend many thanks to the fans for their support during the exciting season.
Photos and end of season statistics are available on the Deltas website DeltavilleDeltas.com.