Delgado baseball team returns to Junior College World Series _lowres

Photo provided by Delgado athletics -- Delgado players go 'fins up' as they celebrate with the NJCAA South Central District Championship trophy Tuesday in Deminole, Oklahoma. The Dolphins defeated St. Louis Community College 9-6 to advance to the NJCAA W ORG XMIT: M3iL1Asg4WdM5dh9jCeB

SEMINOLE, Okla. — Delgado clinched its second spot in the Junior College World Series in as many years with a 9-6 victory over St. Louis Community College in the NJCAA South Central district championship game Tuesday.

The Dolphins now head to Grand Junction, Colorado, where they open play at 1 p.m. CDT Saturday against Walters State College. This will be Delgado’s fourth World Series appearance in program history, following trips in 1985, 2007 and 2014.

“Obviously, today is a very proud day for our players, staff and the entire Delgado family,” coach Joe Scheuermann said. “Back-to-back World Series appearances are really something special, and we’re going to make the most of the experience.”

Delgado opened the scoring in the top of the first, when Cole Freeman doubled and advanced on Troy Lewis’ single. Freeman scored on Kyle Bracey’s double, which advanced Lewis to third. The pair scored on a two-run double from Owen Magee the next at-bat.

St. Louis answered in the bottom of the inning with a leadoff homer by Thomas Estopare. The Archers added another run on Drew Kitson’s single and a game-tying run on an infield groundout.

Delgado regained the lead in the second when Spencer Miller reached on a leadoff single, advanced on Garrett Shano’s sacrifice bunt and Cole Freeman’s single and scored on an RBI single by Lewis. Miller scored another run in the fourth following a leadoff walk, a stolen base, a single by Shano and a single by Freeman.

St. Louis threatened in the fifth when the Archers reached on three consecutive singles, scoring a run on Brandon Gutzler’s single and a sacrifice fly by Jacob Walters. A groundout and fly out ended the threat when two runners were left stranded on base as Delgado maintained a 6-5 lead.

Shano led off the Dolphins sixth with a walk and scored on a double by Freeman. Freeman scored on a single by Lewis as Delgado added two insurance runs.

Walters’ double in the bottom of the seventh scored Gutzler for St. Louis’ sixth run of the game. Delgado countered with Freeman’s solo home run in the top of the eighth to close the scoring.