NEOSHO, Mo. — Delgado’s baseball team clinched the South Central District championship and a berth in the Junior College World Series on Sunday with a 7-6 victory over Seminole State College.
It is Delgado’s third trip to the Junior College World Series.
The Delgado offense went to work early as Cody Ducote doubled and scored on Chris Eades’ single in the first inning.
Seminole State got an RBI single from Dylan Helms in the second to tie the game at 1 before Austin Barrois’ RBI-single scored Ducote for the go-ahead run.
In the bottom of the inning, five consecutive singles, including a two-run hit by Brandon Cuddy, pushed across three runs as Seminole took a 4-2 lead.
In the fourth, the Dolphins collected three runs on five hits, including doubles by Troy Lewis and Rivers Frederick and an RBI single by Josh Watkins for a 5-4 lead.
Delgado added two runs in the sixth on singles by Ducote and Eades.
Seminole posted solo runs in the seventh on an Eric Peterson single and a Hunter Heath single in the eighth, but Scott Stonestreet got the final two outs in the eighth inning earn his fifth save of the season.
Jonathan Ebersole (3-0) earned the win, giving up two runs on six hits while striking out three in 5.1 innings in relief of starter Jacob Neil, who exited in the third inning.
“Obviously, we swung the bats much better today, which allowed our offense to give our pitchers a little help,” Delgado coach Joe Scheuermann said. “Huge credit to Neil, Ebersole and Stonestreet for piecing it together on the mound against a very good Seminole club. I thought the difference in the game was Jonathan Ebersole’s middle-inning performance, which held Seminole at bay while our offense went to work. Stonestreet was as good as always to close things out.”
Delgado will open play in the World Series on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. local time against Chattahoochee Valley Community College (Alabama) at Suplizio Field in Grand Junction, Colorado.