Deltas fall to York; host Astros Friday
|Deltas first baseman Neal Hogge fields a pick-off throw in Saturday night’s 7-1 loss to the York Cannons. (Photo by Stephen Blue)|
by Stephen Blue
Through five innings, Delta-ville Deltas veteran pitcher Jay Moore and York Cannons right-hander Trevor Ronan were locked in a scoreless, fast-paced pitchers dual. Eventually, one team had to break through.
Unfortunately for the Deltas, it was the Cannons who struck first and hard.
York (10-3) scored 6 runs in the 6th inning, capped by a Mike Romett grand slam, as the Cannons defeated Deltaville 7-1 Saturday night in the Heritage Day game at Deltaville Ballpark.
The win moved the Cannons within a half game of the Deltas (9-2, 11-4), who lead the Southern Virginia Baseball League standings.
After scattering only 3 York hits over the first 5 innings, Moore allowed a leadoff walk, followed by a Justin Wright single. After striking out a Cannon for the first out, Scott Hudgins lifted a 2-run double to break the tie. The Cannons then loaded the bases for Romett, who drove Moore’s pitch to deep over the left-center field fence for a 6-0 lead.
Wright tacked on the final York run with a solo home run to center off reliever Jonathon Somers in the 7th inning.
|Luke Saunders (above) hit a home run for the Deltas only run in Saturday’s loss to the York Cannons.(Photo by Stephen Blue)|
Deltaville plated its only run in the 8th on a solo home run by Luke Saunders.
Moore pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowed 6 runs on 8 hits, and struck out 5. Somers pitched 2 2/3 innings, allowed 1 run and struck out 4. Justin Ferrell closed for the Deltas, pitching a hitless 9th.
Saunders led Deltaville hitters with his home run, and Brett Crawford added a late-inning double. Jimmy Denny, Ryan Wiggins, Stephen Blue, and Tim Grandy each had a single.
Sunday’s game at York was rained out.
The Deltas return home this Friday, July 10, when they take on the defending league champion Gloucester Astros (7-3) at 7:30 p.m.
Deltaville travels to Gloucester High School at 4 p.m. on Sunday to battle the Astros again. The Astros currently are two games behind the Deltas in third place.
This Saturday, July 11, six Deltas will represent the team in the Southern Virginia Baseball League All Star Game at William & Mary’s Pulmeri Park. Deltas manager Jerry Crittenden will coach one of the teams. The game will start at 7:30 p.m., and is preceded at 4 p.m. by a home run derby.