The Deltaville Deltas needed little time to overcome an early 2-0 deficit on Saturday night. Deltaville scored 11 runs in the first two innings as they cruised past the Hampton Braves, 14-3, in the opening game of the 2013 Southern Virginia Baseball League season.
After Hampton opened the game with a two-run home run in the top of the first inning, Deltaville quickly tied the game in the bottom half on a two-run single off the bat of former Gloucester High School standout Jacob Houston.
In the following inning, Deltas second baseman Alexander Crittenden and the rest of the offense put the game out of reach, sending 14 batters to the plate in a nine-run onslaught. Crittenden, the fourth Delta to step to the plate in the frame, knocked a two-run single to start the scoring rally, and capped it nine batters later with his second two-run hit.
Veteran Deltas Smiley Smith and Jay Moore combined to pitch six innings for the Deltas. Smith started the game, and after the first inning runs, sat down 11 of the next 12 batters—including his final eight. Smith finished with five strikeouts in four innings. Moore was credited with the win, allowing a run on two hits while striking out one in two innings of work. Newcomer Reggie Johnson, a former Essex High School standout, pitched a scoreless seventh.