GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Cochise (Arizona) fought off Delgado and the rain to eliminate the Dolphins 9-5 in Division I Junior College World Series on Sunday.
Cochise (38-28) took the early 1-0 lead on Sean DeSoto’s RBI single to center field.
Delgado (43-13) tied the game up in the top of the third with a RBI double by Josh Watkins and looked to add another run, but Apaches shortstop Louis Boyd barehanded a ball that caromed off the third baseman and threw out the final batter of the inning.
Cochise added a pair in the bottom of the third off on a successful hit-and-run by Austin Nelson and a second on an error by the Dolphins.
Rain forced an hour and 13 minute delay, but Delgado cut the lead to one with an RBI single by Christopher Eades.
Boyd took advantage of miscues by Delgado in the fifth. After getting aboard on a single, he moved around on a balk and wild pitch and scored on a groundout to give the Apaches a 4-2 lead.
Boyd did it again in the sixth inning with an RBI , making it 5-2. Nelson picked up his fourth RBI of the game on a two-run double to center field.
Delgado threatened in the seventh inning with a solo shot to left field by Coleman Freeman.
In the ninth, Cody Ducote scored on a single, and Josh Watkins scored on a balk. The Dolphins got a pair of flyouts from Austin Barrois and Jordan Caillouet before Troy Lewis struck out looking to end the game.
Brooks Vial (0-1) gave up two earned runs, three hits, two walks and struck out two in four innings to take the loss.
Xavier Altamirano (1-0) gave up six hits, three earned runs and struck out three in 6.2 innings to get the win, while Josh Advocate picked up his first save.
CHATTAHOOCHEE VALLEY 8, DELGADO 6: No. 1-ranked Chattahoochee Valley scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to top No. 2 Delgado in Saturday’s game
Delgado led 6-4 heading into the bottom of the eighth, but Chattahoochee Valley broke the game open with four runs on four hits, starting with Cam Sperry’s two-run home run, which scored Jared Martin.
Grayson Ivey reached base on an infield error and scored on Tyler Lynn’s double.
Lynn later scored on the throw down thanks to a dropped third strike.
Delgado threatened by loading the bases in the top of the ninth after Ducote was hit by a pitch with one out.
Chris Eades singled, and an out later, Caillouet walked. But Lewis grounded out to second to end the game.