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Houston, Wiggins rally Deltas past Cardinals

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Deltas shortstop Colby Wiggins (Gloucester High School/Chowan University) dives into home ahead of the tag to win Saturday’s first game. (Photo by Stephen Blue)

The Deltaville Deltas split a doubleheader with the Newport News Cardinals on Saturday night, winning a wild opening game with a Jacob Houston walk-off single, 9-8. The Deltas fell in the nightcap, 6-3.

The losses were the first of the season for both the Cardinals and Deltas. Deltaville moved to 4-1 on the season, and is ½-game behind the league-leading Peninsula Pirates (5-1) in the Southern Virginia Adult Baseball League (SVABL) standings. Newport News (3-1) sits in third place.

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Deltas pitcher Harley Moore (Middlesex High School/Dickinson College) struck out 8 of the 9 batters he faced in 3 innings of work. (Photo by Stephen Blue)

This weekend, the Deltas host the Pirates at Deltaville Ballpark at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 8. The Deltas travel to Williamsburg to face the Pirates on Sunday, June 9, for a 4 p.m. game at Jamestown High School.

Deltas 9, Cardinals 8
Down 4 runs in the bottom of the final inning, many would assume the Deltas were done for in game one of Saturday’s doubleheader.

It may be cliché, but “that’s why they play the game.”

Deltaville scored 5 runs in the bottom of the 7th, capped by a Jacob Houston walk-off single to win, and the Deltas defeated the Cardinals 9-8.

Cardinals 6, Deltas 3
In the second game, the Cardinals took an early 4-0 lead and held on to win 6-3.

The Cardinals strung together 4 singles in the 1st inning to take a 2-0 lead, and took advantage of a pair of Deltas errors in the 2nd to extend the lead to 4-0.

The Deltas plated Sam Somers in the 3rd on a Scott Crump double. But the Cardinals followed with a run in the bottom half of the inning, and another in the 4th to stretch their lead to 6-1.

The Deltas plated a pair of runs in the 5th to cut the lead to 6-3, but could get no closer.

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posted 06.05.2013

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