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Wiggins’ slam lifts Deltas over Cardinals

Ryan Wiggins (above) blasted a walkoff grand slam—the first home run of his 7-year Deltas career—to win Saturday night’s game. Wiggins has been a run-scoring stalwart of the Deltaville lineup since 2007. (Photo by Stephen Blue)
“Nutzy,” the mascot of the Richmond Flying Squirrels, visited with fans and threw out the first pitch at last Saturday’s Deltaville Deltas game at Deltaville Ballpark. Above, Nutzy greets Jane and Fred Crittenden at the admission gate. Fred played for the Deltas in the 1940s and 1950s and also managed and/or coached the team for over 60 years. (Photo by Stephen Blue)

by Stephen Blue

The Deltaville Deltas won another thriller over the Newport News Cardinals on Saturday night, coming from behind twice and winning the game 8-6 on a Ryan Wiggins walk-off grand slam.

The league-leading Cardinals split the series on Sunday, defeating Deltaville 7-0. With the split, Deltaville (7-2) remains ½ game behind the Cardinals (8-2).

This Saturday night, the Deltas host the York Cannons at Deltaville Ballpark at 7:30 p.m. On Sunday, the Deltas travel to Grafton High School to play York in a 4 p.m. game.

Deltas 8, Cardinals 6
Down by 2 runs, the Deltas staged their second last-inning comeback of the season against the Cardinals in the bottom of the 9th. Travis Crump and Ryan Reynolds started the inning with singles, and after an Alexander Crittenden walk to load the bases, Wiggins slammed an 0-1 pitch into the trees in left field to win the game. 

Reggie Johnson picked up his second pitching win of the season, tossing 5 innings of relief. He allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 5 hits while striking out 4. Harley Moore started the game, pitching 4 innings, allowing 3 runs (2 earned) on 4 hits while striking out 6.

T. Crump and Scott Crump led Deltas hitters with 2 hits apiece.

Cardinals 7, Deltas 0
Despite out hitting the Cardinals 10 to 7, Deltaville stranded 11 runners on base—including twice with the bases loaded—and fell by the score of 7-0 on Sunday.

Newport News plated a pair of runs in the 1st inning, another run in the 4th, and 2 runs in both the 6th and 7th frames to slowly build its lead.

Deltaville threatened to score throughout the game, putting runners on base in 7 of the 9 innings, and were in scoring position in 5 different frames. They were not giving up despite a 7-run deficit, and battled to load the bases in both the 8th and 9th innings, but their closest scoring chance was thwarted in a close play at the plate to end the 8th.

Ryan Reynolds took the pitching loss for the Deltas in the spot start. Reynolds, typically Deltaville’s starting catcher, pitched effectively into the 6th inning, allowing 4 runs (3 earned) on 3 hits and 4 walks, while striking out 4. Robert Shermer and Jacob Houston combined to pitch the final 3 innings.

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posted 06.26.2013

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