The top-seeded Deltaville Deltas defeated the fifth-seeded VBA 61’s in the opening game of the Southern Virginia Baseball League tournament Saturday night, 3-2, but fell to the second-seeded Newport News Cardinals, 5-0, on Sunday.
With the loss in the double-elimination tournament, the Deltas must play from the losers’ bracket this weekend to capture their first SVABL league title.
In all, three teams advanced to the final weekend of the tournament. The Deltas will face the 61’s again this Saturday night in the final loser’s bracket game, as the 61’s bounced back to eliminate the third-seeded Peninsula Pirates on Sunday. The winner of the Deltas-61’s game will take on the Cardinals on Sunday at Christopher Newport University, needing to beat them twice to claim the championship. Sunday’s games will start at 1 p.m. at Captains Park in Newport News.
Saturday night’s game will be played at a neutral site in Williamsburg. The Deltas’ Facebook page will be updated with tournament results, including if the Deltas will play for the championship on Sunday.
Deltas 3, 61’s 2
Deltaville plated three runs in the bottom of the first inning, and Jay Moore and Will Barrack combined to scatter eight hits on the mound, as the Deltas defense held on to win, 3-2, against the VBA 61’s on Saturday night.
Alexander Crittenden drove the first pitch off the wall to lead off the bottom of the first inning. Following another hit by Ryan Wiggins, and a critical defensive error by the 61’s, the Deltas plated all the runs they would need in the opening frame.
The 61’s fired back in the top of the second, driving a double to left field and blasting a two-run homer to right to cut the lead to one. However, what looked like a slugfest in the making turned into a defensive duel for the remainder of the game.
The Deltas defense stranded nine runners on base in the final seven innings, while the 61’s returned the favor, stranding six Deltas. The defensive stand by the Deltas included a beautiful play by shortstop Ryan Wiggins, who, with runners on second and third and one out in the top of the eighth, fielded a sharply hit ground ball, and fired home to catcher Josh Martin, who held on through a collision at the plate to record the out and preserve the lead.