Moore, Newton pitch Deltaville into 1st place
by Stephen Blue
Strong pitching from starters Mike Newton and Jay Moore propelled the Deltaville Deltas past the Yorktown Cannons twice last weekend, 4-1 and 9-3.
The pair of wins moved Deltaville into sole possession of first place in the Southern Virginia Baseball League (SVBL) with a 6-1 league mark and 7-2 overall record.
The Deltas look to maintain their lead with a trio of games this weekend. On Friday, league opponent Hampton Braves visit Deltaville at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, the Deltas travel to Essex High School to take on the Tappahannock Tides in a 7:30 p.m. non-league game. On Sunday, the Braves will host the Deltas at Charles Brown Park in Yorktown at 1 p.m.
Mike Newton pitched 8 dominating innings, and Tim Grandy knocked a 3-run home run to lift the Deltas past the previously undefeated York Cannons.
Grandy’s 3rd inning shot scored Neal Hogge and Jimmy Denny. Brett Crawford knocked in the fourth Deltas run in the 5th inning, scoring Ryan Wiggins.
Newton allowed just a single run in the 4th inning. The 2008 league leader in strikeouts, Newton fanned 7 Cannons while scattering 5 hits over 8 innings. Justin Ferrell closed out the 9th inning for his second save of the season.
In addition to his home run, Grandy also contributed a single. Matt Brown collected 3 hits, including a double, and Wiggins singled twice. Denny, Luke Saunders and Dustin Felvus had a single apiece.
Pitching and defense were again the keys to victory on Sunday, as Jay Moore pitched 7-plus innings to get his second win of the year.
The Deltas took an early lead when Dustin Felvus led off the 2nd inning with a single, advanced on a Chris Williams walk, and scored on a Neal Hogge ground ball. Williams made the game 2-0, scoring on a Jimmy Denny single.
The Deltas broke the game open in the 5th inning when they sent 10 batters to the plate and scored 6 runs. Hogge led off the inning with a single, and scored on a Denny double. After a pair of walks, Felvus stroked a two-run double, and Jackson Almony drove in 2 more runs with a single. Chris Williams plated the final run of the rally by reaching base on an error.
The Cannons fired back with 2 runs (1 earned) in the bottom half of the inning, but Deltaville responded with their 9th inning run when Tim Grandy scored on a Luke Saunders double.
Moore allowed 3 runs (2 earned) over 7-plus innings. He scattered 7 hits while striking out 3 and issuing no walks. Josh Youngman pitched the final 2 innings, allowing no runs and 1 hit.
Felvus led the Deltas offensively with 3 hits, including a double. Denny doubled and singled, and Crawford and Almony each singled twice. Saunders doubled, and Hogge, Wiggins and Jonathan Somers each singled.
For more pictures from last weekend’s games, as well as a full schedule, visit the Deltas online at http://www.deltavilledeltas.com.