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Deltas win twice; host Tappahannock Friday

Deltas outfielder Travis Crump makes a leaping over-the-shoulder catch in right field during Saturday’s doubleheader. (Photo by Stephen Blue)

by Stephen Blue

The Deltaville Deltas won two games of a three-game series against the Peninsula Cardinals last weekend, splitting a Saturday night doubleheader and overcoming an early deficit to win on Sunday.

With the wins, the Deltas improved to 13-3, and hold a 1.5-game lead over second place York in the Southern Virginia Adult Baseball League.

This Friday night, July 15, at 7:30 p.m. the Deltas will host the Tappahannock Tides at Deltaville Ballpark on “104.9 WIGO Country Night.” (See related story.)

The Deltas will visit Tappahannock on Sunday, July 17, in a 5 p.m. game at Essex High School.

Deltas 5, Cardinals 1

Will Barrack dominated the Peninsula batters and Chris King dominated Peninsula pitching as the Deltas beat the Cardinals 5-1 in the opening game of last Saturday night’s doubleheader in Deltaville.

Barrack struck out 10 in a complete-game effort, at one point retiring 19 of 20 batters faced. He allowed 3 hits and walked none. A 7th-inning home run was his only blemish of the evening.

King was the story of the game at the plate. He drove a shot off the right field wall in the 4th inning to give the Deltas the lead. With his team up 4-0 in the 6th inning, King provided some insurance, lifting a blast over the left field wall for a solo home run.

Cardinals 1, Deltas 0

In Saturday’s nightcap, Deltas pitcher Smiley Smith had a tough act to follow as starting pitcher after Barrack’s 10-strikeout performance in the opener.

How do you follow that? Smith did so by striking out 10 of his own, sitting down 12 of the final 13 batters he faced while scattering 6 hits over 7 innings.

Unfortunately, however, the offensive run support did not emerge. A 2nd-inning run was all the Cardinals needed, as Peninsula ace Robbie Watkins allowed just 4 Deltas hits.

The end of the game was surrounded in controversy when, in the bottom of the 7th inning, King smashed a ball to deep center field. It appeared to hit the flag pole behind the fence and bounce back into play. However, the ball was ruled to have hit off the outfield wall, turning the would-be game tying home run into a double. The Deltas loaded the bases with 2 outs, but were unable to push the tying run across.

Deltas 5, Cardinals 2

Needing to win 2 out of 3 games to guarantee remaining in first place, the Deltas traveled to Kiln Creek on Sunday. Jake Fletcher and Luke Kirk made sure the pitchers got their run support.

Fletcher knocked in 3 runs on a pair of doubles, and Kirk singled twice along with a perfect suicide squeeze to lead the Deltas past the Cardinals 5-2.

Jimmy Denny led off the game with a single and scored on a Kirk hit to give Deltaville the early 1-0 advantage. The Cardinals came back in the 3rd inning to take a 2-1 lead.

Deltaville retook the lead in the 4th inning on a 2-run double by Fletcher. In the 6th, Kirk executed a suicide squeeze bunt, scoring Denny from 3rd base. Fletcher followed with his second double of the game, scoring Ryan Wiggins.

Jay Moore earned his league-leading 6th win of the season on the mound, allowing 2 runs on 2 hits while striking out 5. Bryan Bierlein pitched a scoreless 3 innings for the save.

posted 07.13.2011

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