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Deltas offense explodes in two weekend wins

by Stephen Blue

Members of the 2008 Deltaville Deltas include, front row from left, Danny Hunter, Dustin Felvus, Mike Newton, Sam Smith, Neil Hogge, Billy Funk, Brett Crawford, Phillip Morgan and Rip Salamone; back row, coaches Jerry Crittenden and Fred Crittenden, Ryan Wiggins, Jimmy Denny, Matt Brown, James Foster, Stephen Blue, Terry Emerson, Jonathan Dehoux, Chris King and Brad Norris. Not pictured are Jay Moore, Tommy Crittenden, Haile Lytton, Dave Cunningham and Kenny Waters.

The Deltaville Deltas offense could not be held in check last weekend, putting up a combined 43 runs in two Southern Virginia Baseball League victories. Deltaville defeated the Peninsula Storm 17-11 in a marathon game on Saturday, and upended the James River Storm 26-1 in Kiln Creek on Sunday. With the wins, Deltaville (9-3) solidified its second place standing in the league standings—one game back of the league-leading York Cannons (10-2).

Deltas 17, Cardinals 11

When manager Jerry Crittenden brought in relief pitcher Tim Grandy with one out in the second inning Saturday night, he began to calculate how much pitching he was going to have left for the weekend’s second game on Sunday. The right hander made the calculation easy.

Grandy finished the game, pitching 7 2/3 innings of relief. He allowed just 2 earned runs and earned the decision in a 17-11 victory. In a game that lasted more than 3 ½ hours, Grandy (1-0) silenced a hot-hitting Cardinal team, scattering 6 hits and striking out 7.

The Cardinals (6-6) came out swinging in the first inning with three runs in the opening frame. However, a pair of Cardinal miscues and a Dustin Felvus double allowed the Deltas to come back and take a 4-3 lead in the bottom of the first.

Deltaville ace Mike Newton struggled to find his control following a 30-minute rain delay in the second inning. He issued 4 walks and a hit by pitch. A pair of Deltas errors on the rain-soaked field allowed 5 more Cardinal runs to cross, making the score 8-4.

Grandy and the Deltas offense took over from there. The Deltas scored in each of the next four innings, led by a 4-hit performance from Billy Funk and 4 RBIs by Dave Cunningham.

Funk collected a double and 3 singles in the game, and Cunningham finished with a double and 2 singles. Felvus had a pair of doubles, Grandy helped his own cause with a pair of singles, and Chris King, Neal Hogge, and James Foster each contributed a single apiece.

Deltas 26, Storm 1

Fourteen different Deltas reached base, and Terry Emerson and Jay Moore combined to allow just 3 hits in the Sunday afternoon rout of the James River Storm (2-9) in Kiln Creek.
The Deltas put up 6 first inning runs, and sent 9 or more batters to the plate in 4 separate innings in the win.

Dustin Felvus started the scoring stampede in the first inning. With two men on, Felvus drove a 2-0 pitch to the outfield, collecting his first of a game-leading 4 hits and 6 RBIs on the afternoon. Felvus struck again in the second and third innings with a pair of triples to deep right field, the second of which came with the bases loaded. He finished with 2 triples and 2 singles, and led all players with 6 runs scored.

The Deltas put up 5 runs in each of the 3rd, 4th, and 5th innings, making easy work for Deltas starter Terry Emerson. Emerson (3-0) allowed just two hits and an unearned run over 4 innings of work. He struck out 4 and allowed issued no walks. Jay Moore closed the final 3 innings, allowing just one hit and striking out 2.

Chris King was a home run short of the cycle. Brett Crawford had a double and a single, Moore and Phillip Morgan doubled, and Funk, Emerson, Danny Hunter, Neal Hogge, Stephen Blue and Tim Grandy each collected a single apiece.

The biggest matchup of the regular season comes to Deltaville this Saturday. The second-place Deltas will play host to the league-leading York Cannons in the 5 p.m. Heritage Day contest. The winner of the game will claim sole possession of first place in the Southern Virginia Baseball League. (For more details on this Saturday’s game, see related article).

On Sunday, the Deltas travel to Denbeigh High School to take on the Peninsula Cardinals at 4 p.m.  For more information on the Deltas, visit

posted 07.02.2008

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