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West homers Deltas past Tides in opener

A stiff fourth-inning wind blowing in from the outfield kept turned a would-be two-run home run for Tyler West into a warning track flyout. But two innings later, the Deltaville Deltas’ player overcame Mother Nature.

West blasted a three-run shot off the top of the scoreboard in the bottom of the sixth, erasing a 2-0 deficit, and the Deltas went on to defeat the Tappahannock Tides, 5-3, in Sunday night’s rain-delayed home opener at Deltaville Ballpark.

The weekend’s early rain pushed the 2021 opener back 24 hours, and the Deltas and Tides took the field in wet, windy and chilly conditions more akin to March or October baseball than Memorial Day weekend. Both teams struggled to get any offense going early on, with both teams managing just one hit each in the first four innings.

However, the Tides broke through for a pair of runs in the top of the 5th, taking advantage of three walks and an RBI single. A fantastic defensive play prevented a third Tides’ run from scoring when le...

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