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Deltas roll past Legion Post, Pawsox; host Mets Saturday

Deltas shortstop Alexander Crittenden puts a tag on a stealing Pawsox runner. Jason Wood is backing up the play. (Photo by Stephen Blue)

by Stephen Blue

The Deltaville Deltas doubled their season win total last weekend, defeating the American Legion Post 86 by the score of 13-6 on Friday night, and NABA foe Richmond Pawsox in a 10-0 rout on Saturday. With the wins, the Deltas improved to 4-0 on the season, and 3-0 in NABA league play.

The Deltas look to continue their winning ways this week with a pair of games on the slate. Deltaville goes on the road on Thursday night to take on the Richmond Orioles in a 7 p.m. game at Varina High School, then returns home Saturday night for a 7:30 p.m. game against the Richmond Mets at Deltaville Ballpark.

Deltas 13, American Legion 6
The Deltas put themselves in an early 2-0 hole and fought off an aggressive mid-game comeback by American Legion Post 86 on Friday night, but ultimately prevailed 13-6.
The Legion took advantage of 3 first-inning walks issued by Deltas pitching to take the early advantage, but Deltaville responded with 5 runs in the bottom of the frame to take the lead. Deltaville extended the lead to 7-2 in the 2nd inning, but the young hitters from the Legion were not deterred. Post 86 blasted a solo home run in the top of the 3rd inning, and strung together a series of hits in the top of the 4th to make the score 7-6.

However, the Deltas offense would not be silenced. Deltaville responded in the bottom of the 4th with 3 runs, and tacked on 3 more in the later innings to secure the winning score.

Jake Jackson was the pitcher of record, recording the win with 2 scoreless innings of relief. He struck out 4. Ryan Wiggins and Alexander Crittenden led the Deltas offense, each tallying a multi-hit game and combining for 4 runs scored.

Deltas 10, Pawsox 0
On Saturday night in Deltaville, Deltas pitcher Teddy Herbert allowed an infield single to the second Pawsox batter of the game. 

It was the last hit Herbert or any Deltas pitcher would allow that night. Herbert struck out 9 batters in 5 innings as the Deltas pitching staff blanked the Richmond Pawsox 10-0.

No Pawsox batter advanced beyond 2nd base during the game, and only 4 others reached base after the 1st inning—2 hit batters, a walk, and an infield defensive error were the only plate appearances that did not result in an out for a Deltas pitching staff that brought its A-game Saturday. After Herbert left the game after 5 complete innings, Jay Moore struck out the side in the 6th inning, and Paul Jones closed the game on the mound without allowing a baserunner.

The Deltas chipped away at Pawsox starter Dylan Tyler. Holden Sandridge led off the 2nd inning with a double off the center field wall, and scored on a wild pitch later in the inning to give Deltaville a 1-0 lead. Alexander Crittenden made it 2-0 in the 3rd inning with a solo home run. 

After being held scoreless in the 4th, Deltaville broke the game open in the 5th inning. Alexander Crittenden dropped a bunt to score Jamerson Robertson to open up the scoring rally, and Alex Fitchett capped the 4-run scoring drive with a 2-run single to make the score 6-0. 

The Deltas plated 4 more runs in the bottom of the 7th, the last 3 off the bat of Fitchett, who laced a single to left field that got by the fielder. The 10-run difference induced the league mercy rule, and the game was called.

Crittenden and Fitchett were the leaders of the Deltas offense. Crittenden scored 3 runs and hit his first home run of the season, while Fitchett had 2 hits and drove in 3 runs.

Herbert was the winning pitcher, picking up his first decision of the season. 

posted 06.22.2018

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