Deltas sweep weekend series
|Will Barrick (above) picked up the pitching victory in the Deltas 1-0 win on Saturday. (Photo by Stephen Blue)|
by Stephen Blue
The Deltaville Deltas won both of their games last weekend. They defeated the Newport News Cardinals with a walk-off single by Robert Shermer in the bottom of the 10th inning to win 1-0, and rallied for 10 runs on Sunday to defeat the Peninsula Pirates 10-1.
With the wins, Deltaville moves to 5-2 on the season and sits in second place in the Southern Virginia Adult Baseball League (SVABL) standings, a half-game behind the Hampton Roads Hurricanes (5-1). This Saturday, the Deltas will take on the Hurricanes at Deltaville Ballpark at 7:30 p.m. On Sunday, the Deltas will visit Hampton Roads for a 4 p.m. game.
After 9 innings of brilliant pitching and defense, the teams were tied 0-0 and went to an extra 10th inning. In the bottom of the 10th with Connor Henderson on third base, Robert Shermer drove a pitch to center field and the Deltas won in walk-off fashion, 1-0.
Saturday night’s game was a true pitchers dual. Cardinal Robbie Watkins, a former Old Dominion University pitcher, hurled 9 shutout innings, scattering just 5 hits and allowing no runs. Jordan Boze of the Deltas, a rising senior pitcher for Christopher Newport University, matched Watkins into the 7th inning, scattering just 3 hits. Will Barrack, a Lancaster native who just completed his collegiate career at UMass-Boston, came on in relief, allowing no hits over 3 ⅔ innings.
The lone score came when the Deltas led off the bottom of the 10th with a pinch hit single from Henderson. Henderson was bunted to second by Brandon Light, and reached third base on a wild pitch. In a defensive strategy, the Cardinals relief pitcher tried to pitch around Shermer to intentionally walk him and set up a double play. However, the pitcher left his second pitch too close to the zone, and Shermer slammed a single into center field to score the winning run.
Barrack was the winning pitcher. Shermer led the Deltas’ offense, the only player with 2 hits in the game.
Deltas starting pitcher Jay Moore allowed a run in the bottom of the 1st inning on 3 hits, but settled in to retire 16 of the next 19 batters. The Deltas turned 3 double plays involving middle infielders Adam Baldwin and Alexander Crittenden.
Deltaville came back from the 1-0 deficit starting in the 3rd inning when a long triple by Travis Crump scored Brandon Light.
The Deltas took the lead in the 6th, scoring 2 runs. They extended the lead to 6-1 in the 7th. After being held scoreless in the 8th, Deltaville tacked on 4 more runs in the 9th to seal the victory.
Moore picked up the win on the mound, while Zach Harris pitched 2 hitless innings of relief. Crump led the Deltas offense, scoring 3 times on 2-for-3 hitting and 2 walks.