The Deltaville Deltas finished their most successful season since 2005 on Sunday, falling in a tightly contested Southern Virginia Adult Baseball League championship game against the Newport News Cardinals, 3-1.
The championship marked back-to-back titles for the Cardinals, who finished the season with an 18-3 record. The Deltas, playing for the championship for the first time since 2005 with the then Richmond-based Virginia Baseball League, finished their season with an 18-4 mark.
Deltaville reached the championship game by edging the VBA 61’s on Saturday night, 4-2.
Cardinals 3, Deltas 1
The Deltas and Cardinals locked in a defensive battle in Sunday’s championship game, with a series of diving catches, close plays, and excellent pitching leading to two of the most potent offenses in the league only managing a combined 11 hits and 4 runs. However, a pair of timely hits and a Delta’s defensive error led the Cardinals to the title.
The Cardinals took the early lead in the second inning, scoring a pair of runs after an errant throw on a would-be ground out extended the inning.
Deltas’ pitcher Jay Moore held the Cardinals at bay through the sixth inning, retiring 12 of the next 14 batters.
Deltaville cut the lead in half in the top of the seventh. Scott Crump drove a one-out single to right field, and scored two batters later on a blast to the center field wall by Robert Shermer. But Newport News strung together a pair of hits in the bottom half of the inning to regain its two-run lead.