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Deltas top Tides and Hampton

by Stephen Blue

Deltas pitcher Jonathon Somers shut out Hampton 8-0.  (Photo by Stephen Blue)

The Deltaville Deltas maintained first place in the Southern Virginia Baseball League (SVABL) last weekend, winning 3 games and improving to 10-2 overall. 

Deltaville defeated the Hampton Braves 8-0 in a league game Friday night in Deltaville before routing the Tappahannock Tides 12-2 in an inter-league game on Saturday. On Sunday, the Deltas traveled to Hampton and ripped the Braves 18-0.

This Friday, June 26, will be a big night at Deltaville Ballpark, when the SVABL-leading Deltas take on hometown rival and Virginia Baseball League-leading Middle Peninsula Mariners (10-1). It will be the second and final installment of this year’s rivalry. The last four match-ups between the teams have been decided by 2 or fewer runs, and the last two games have been decided in the final inning. Game time for Friday night is 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5. Children ages 12 and younger are free.

The Deltas will travel on Sunday, June 28, to take on SVABL opponent Peninsula Cardinals at 4 p.m.

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Deltaville 8, Hampton 0

Jonathon Somers hurled 9 shutout innings and Tim Grandy blasted 3 doubles to lead the Deltas past the Braves on Friday night in Deltaville.

The Deltas scored all their runs in the first 2 innings. Consecutive hits by Ryan Wiggins, Brett Crawford, Matt Brown, Tim Grandy and Luke Saunders plated 4 runs in the bottom of the 1st inning.

In the 2nd inning, Stephen Blue singled and scored on a Wiggins double. Crawford and Brown then hit back-to-back home runs to extend the Deltas lead to 8-0.

Those runs were more than enough for Somers. The Lancaster native allowed just 3 hits and struck out 10. He faced 32 batters—only 5 more than the minimum—in becoming the first Deltas pitcher to throw a complete game this year.

Grandy paced the Deltas offensively with his 3 doubles, and Brown had a home run and double. Crawford homered and singled, Wiggins doubled and singled, and Saunders singled twice. Terry Emerson and Blue each had singles.

Deltaville 12 / Tappahannock 2

Hot-hitting Tim Grandy of the Deltas.  (Photo by Stephen Blue)
Tim Grandy kept his hot bat going, and Kyle Morris scored 4 times as Deltaville defeated the Tappahannock Tides Saturday night at Essex High School.

The Deltas took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Ryan Wiggins singled and scored on the first of 4 hits by Grandy. Deltaville plated 2 more runs in the 2nd and 4 runs in the 4th to expand the lead to 7-0.

Deltaville starting pitcher Terry Emerson pitched into the 4th inning, yielding only 2 unearned runs. Reliever Josh Youngman pitched 5 innings to earn the win, striking out 9 while allowing just 1 hit and walking none. Justin Ferrell closed the game, pitching a perfect 9th with 2 strikeouts.

Grandy again led the Deltas with 4 hits, including 2 doubles. Dustin Felvus collected 3 hits, and Brett Crawford and Wiggins each singled twice. Morris, Ferrell, Youngman and Luke Saunders each singled.

Deltaville 18, Hampton 0

Jimmy Denny and Dustin Felvus each had 3 hits, and Jay Moore and Mike Newton combined to allow just 2 hits as the Deltas routed the Braves in a 5-inning game cut short by the mercy rule.

Deltaville sent 14 hitters to the plate in the opening inning, scoring 8 runs. They plated 2 more in the 3rd and blew the game open in the 4th with another 8 runs. Ten different Deltas hitters collected 16 hits in the game.

Moore and Newton never allowed a runner past 2nd base. Moore pitched 3 innings, allowing 1 hit and striking out 2. Newton struck out 1 in his 2 innings. In pitching the 5th, Newton earned his 2nd win of the season.

posted 06.24.2009

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