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Deltas sweep Cannons

To host Braves Saturday night

Michael Taylor struck out 12 batters in 5 innings, earning the win on Saturday night. (Photo by Stephen Blue)

by Stephen Blue

Deltas shortstop Ryan Wiggins is flourishing in his new role as leadoff hitter this season. The shortstop went 5-for-10 at the plate in last weekend’s two-game series, driving in 4 runs, as the Deltas swept the York Cannons by scores of 4-0 and 6-4.

With the wins, the Deltas improved to 2-2 on the season.

This Saturday, June 2, the Deltas will host the Hampton Braves at 7:30 p.m. at Deltaville Ballpark. On Sunday, June 3, the Deltas play the Braves on the road in a 4 p.m. contest at Charles Brown Park in Yorktown.

Deltas 4, Cannons 0
Last Saturday morning, right-hander Michael Taylor graduated from Christchurch School as a member of the class of 2012. To celebrate graduation that night, he mowed down the York Cannons. Taylor struck out 12 batters in just 5 innings, allowing just 1 hit in the win.

Taylor was recently named the Virginia Prep League Player of the Year, is a 2012-13 commitment to Division I Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va., along with Seahorse and Deltas battery mate Travis Myers. Marshall coaches were on hand at Deltaville Ballpark to watch their performance.

Deltaville got on the board in the 3rd inning, when Chris King doubled, and scored on an Alexander Crittenden single.

Deltaville extended the lead with a 3-run, 2-out rally in the 5th. After Crittenden was hit by a pitch, Nick Stump singled, and Brandon Putney knocked in Crittenden. Wiggins then drove home Stump and Crittenden with a double in the outfield gap.

Robert Shermer and Will Barrack each pitched 2 innings of scoreless relief to seal the victory. They struck out 2 and 5 Cannons, respectively.

Along with Wiggins’ 2-hit, 2-RBI night, the Deltas offense was paced by a 3-hit performance from Jimmy Denny, and a 2-hit effort from Putney.

Deltas 6, Cannons 4
On Sunday in Yorktown, the Deltas again took an early lead on the Cannons. Wiggins led off the top of the 1st inning with a single, stole 2nd base, and scored on a 2-out single by Jonathan Dehoux.
Deltaville scored again in the 2nd inning with back-to-back doubles from Matt Fischgrund and Brett Crawford.

After Fischgrund and Crawford extended the lead to 4-0 in the 4th inning on a Wiggins 2-run double, the Cannons began to fire back, plating runs in the 5th and 6th innings. In the bottom of the 7th, the Cannons strung together 3 consecutive 2-out singles to tie the game.

The Deltas loaded the bases with no outs in the 9th. At first, York managed to hold off the Deltas, throwing out the first two scoring attempts at the plate. However, Crawford found a hole in the defense, plating 2 decisive runs.

Zach Jones earned the pitching win in relief for Deltaville, tossing 2 ⅓ innings. Starting pitcher Smiley Smith earned a no decision, striking out 6 while allowing 4 runs in 6 ⅔ innings of work.
The Deltas offense pounded out 16 hits in the game, led by 3-hit games from Dehoux, Denny and Wiggins. King and Crawford each added 2 hits apiece.

posted 05.30.2012

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