Deltas’ pitcher and outfielder Reggie Johnson did something you rarely see in baseball: He threw the first pitch of the game, and he hit the last pitch of the game.
The Deltas plated nine runs in the bottom of the seventh inning Saturday night in a rally capped by Johnson’s walk-off grand slam home run, and the Deltas defeated Richmond Team Woody, 15-4.
Johnson started on the mound for Deltaville, and for four innings was virtually unhittable. Team Woody’s player/coach Mark Fleisher, a former professional hitter from the Baltimore Orioles and Chicago White Sox, was the only scratch on Johnson’s stat sheet early on, blasting a solo home run early in the first inning. Johnson would strike out eight of the next 11 batters (including Fleisher in the third), before being lifted for relief pitcher Brian Owens with two outs in the fifth inning.
Meanwhile, Deltaville’s offense scraped back and tied the game at 1-1 in the bottom half of the first, and then took ...
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