GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Second-seeded Walters State scored six runs in the second inning and five more in the fourth en route to a 14-8 win over seventh-seeded Delgado on the first day of the NJCAA Division I World Series.
Delgado (33-15), making its second straight World Series appearance, jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning courtesy of a two-run homer by Cody Ducote.
But Walters State (55-10) came back with a vengeance in the second, bringing home six runs on five hits. Four of the five scoring plays were singles.
Delgado scored a single run in the bottom of the second as Devin Morrill doubled down the left-field line to score Owen McGee, cutting Walters State’s lead to 6-3.
Walters State countered with five runs on four hits in the fourth. Two of those hits were a homers from Ross Grosvenor and Bryan Bussey.
Grosvenor’s three-run shot went over the wall right-center. After a Jarrett Hood walk, Bussey hit a towering shot to left-center to make it 11-3.
The Dolphins did not go away quietly. Cole Freeman led off the fifth inning off with a single to center, and with two outs, Bryce Adams sent a shot up the middle, scoring Freeman. Christian Volion later doubled to left-center, scoring three more runs, cutting Walter State’s lead to 11-7.
Delgado also took advantage of an error on pitcher Campbell Scholl to score a run in the seventh inning.
Scholl earned the win, giving up two runs and striking out three.
Connor McWilliams allowed nine earned runs on nine hits and four strikeouts for Delgado.
Walters State will play at 8:30 p.m. Monday.
Delgado will play again at 11 a.m. Sunday.