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Deltas win regular season title

Deltas cleanup hitter Jacob Houston tied for first place in the Southern Virginia Baseball League Home Run Derby last Saturday, but lost the title in the tie-breaking swing off—6 home runs to 5. Houston is a 2012 graduate of Gloucester High School and plays for Christopher Newport University. Newport News Cardinals veteran Robbie Watkins, a former standout at Old Dominion University, won the derby. (Photo by Stephen Blue)

by Stephen Blue

The Deltaville Deltas captured the regular season championship of the Southern Virginia Baseball League (SVBL) last weekend, defeating the VBA 61’s in a back-and-forth game Friday night, 4-3.

The championship marks the second time in three years the Deltas have entered the post-season tournament as the top seed in league play. Deltaville finished the regular season with a record of 16-2, with their only losses coming to the 2nd-seeded Peninsula Cardinals, who finished 14-3.

The Deltas will host a tournament quarterfinal game this Saturday, July 27, at 7:30 p.m. at Deltaville Ballpark. They will take on the winner of Friday night’s game between the 61’s (4th seed) and the York Cannons (5th seed).

The winner of Saturday’s game will play in the tourney semifinals on Sunday night, July 28, at Kiln Creek Park in Newport News.

The tournament championship game is set for Sunday, August 4, at Christopher Newport University’s Captains Park.

Deltas 4, 61’s 3
Deltas pitcher Reggie Johnson scattered 5 hits over 6 ⅔ innings, and Jacob Houston went 3-for-3 with a go-ahead run-scoring triple in the 7th inning, as the Deltas defeated the VBA 61’s, 4-3, on Friday night in Deltaville.

The 61’s took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, and loaded the bases with 2 outs. Johnson then got locked in, retiring 13 of the next 15 batters through the 5th inning.

VBA tied the game at 2-2 in the 6th with a pair of singles. The Deltas took the lead back in the 7th when Wiggins singled, stole second base, and scored on Houston’s triple to the outfield gap.

Catcher Josh Martin blasted an RBI double to score Travis Crump in the 8th, extending the Deltas lead to 4-2. The run proved to be a  critical  insurance run as the 61’s rallied for a run in the 9th, but could not tie the game against relief pitcher Harley Moore.

Johnson did not receive a decision on the mound, despite a fantastic outing. He allowed just 5 hits and struck out 5. Jay Moore earned the win in relief, striking out 4 in 2 ⅓ innings.

Houston led the offense, going 3-for-3 with a triple, run and RBI. Wiggins was 2-for-4 with 2 runs.

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posted 07.24.2013

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