Deltas take over first place in league standings; fireworks game Saturday
After falling in the first game of last weekend’s critical three-game series with the York Cannons, the Deltaville Deltas rallied to win the final two games, taking the series and moving into first place in Southern Virginia Baseball League standings.
After dropping the opening game of Saturday’s doubleheader, 6-1, Deltaville rebounded to take the nightcap, 9-1. On Sunday, the Deltas completed the series win, defeating the Cannons, 6-2.
With the wins, Deltaville now stands at 9-2 overall, and 8-2 in league play. The Cannons also have an 8-2 league record, but the head-to-head advantage gives the Deltas the edge in the standings.
This weekend, the annual Heritage Day game starts at 5 p.m. Saturday at Deltaville Ballpark. This year’s opponent is the Deltas’ long-time rival, the Tappahannock Tides. Following the game, Deltas Old Timers will be introduced, and another rivalry game will be played: Deltaville vs. Hartfield volunteer fire departments will face each other in a benefit softball game.
Following the softball game, at about 9, fireworks will light up the night sky over the ballpark.
Cannons 6, Deltas 1
Powerful hitting by the Cannons, and a lack of timely offense by the Deltas were the main contributors to the Deltas loss in the opening game of Saturday night’s doubleheader.
The Cannons opened the game with a one-out home run, and finished the inning leading, 2-0. The Deltas cut the advantage in half in the third when Ryan Reynolds scored on a Ryan Wiggins single, but by the sixth, the Cannons had padded their lead to 3-1.
A Deltas defensive error and a second Cannon home run contributed three insurance runs in the sixth, sealing the game.
Will Barrack started on the mound and took his first loss of the season, allowing six runs over five and a third innings. He struck out five. Bryan Bierlein pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings to finish the game, striking out three.
Wiggins was the lone offensive standout for the Deltas, reaching base on a pair of singles. Jimmy Denny, Luke Kirk, Travis Crump and Luke Saunders had one single apiece.
Deltas 9, Cannons 1
The Deltas quickly forgot about their offensive woes of the first game, and got the scoring started early in the nightcap. Jimmy Denny belted the second pitch he saw for a leadoff double, sparking a five-run, first-inning rally.
The powerful Cannon hitters responded in the second inning, hitting their third home run of the night and loading the bases with one out. However, starting pitcher Jay Moore buckled down, inducing an inning-ending double play and retiring the final 10 batters he faced.