Deltas lose twice; to host Pirates Saturday
by Stephen Blue
Despite excellent pitching and solid defense, the Deltaville Deltas could not muster much in the form of offensive production last weekend, as they fell twice by scores of 5-1 and 5-3. With the losses, the Deltas’ season record dipped to 2-2.
The Deltas will look to regroup this weekend as they host the Peninsula Pirates on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Deltaville Ballpark.
Despite both teams loading the bases in the 1st inning, the game was a scoreless tie until the 6th inning when the Hurricanes were able to string together a trio of singles, followed by a double, which gave the visitors a 3-0 lead. They added 2 more runs in the top of the 9th to take a 5-0 lead.
Deltaville’s Jacob Houston led off the bottom of the 9th with a hit and eventually scored the Deltas’ only run. The Deltas loaded the bases with two outs and brought the tying run to the plate, but were unable to capitalize.
Starting pitcher Jay Moore took the loss on the mound, allowing 3 runs on 6 hits in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out 8. Zack Harris allowed 2 runs on 5 hits in 3 2/3 innings of relief, striking out 7.
Travis Myers and Houston led the Deltas offense with 2 hits apiece.
Deltaville jumped on top early with 2 runs in the top of the 1st inning, and another run in the 2nd. However, the Cardinals defense then locked in, retiring 21 consecutive Deltas through the 8th inning.
Newport News tied the game in the 4th inning with a string of hits to score 3 runs. The game remained a 3-3 tie until the 8th when the Cardinals took the lead on a 2-run single.
The Deltas were able to have two base runners in the 9th, and brought the go-ahead run to the plate. But again, the comeback bid fell short.
Jordan Boze went the distance on the mound for Deltaville, scattering 11 hits over 8 innings.
The Deltas offense was led by hits from Alexander Crittenden, Robert Shermer, and Brandon Light.