After winning its two games Saturday at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium, Delgado Community College put itself in a position to win the Region XXIII tournament with a 3-0 win against Meridian CC.
The two teams play again at 7 p.m. Sunday. A Delgado win wraps up the region title, and a win by the Eagles forces a game on Monday.
The Dolphins (39-10) also defeated Baton Rouge CC 3-0 in their first game.
The tournament winner will play in the South Central District championship tournament May 16-18 at a site to be determined.
Freshman Brooks Vial pitched a complete game and allowed four hits, struck out three and had no walks. He improved to 8-1.
For Meridian (26-25), Jake Smith pitched 6.1 innings and allowed three hits, three runs, struck out six and walked three. He was relieved by Josh Curtis and Kellon Hibbard.
Frankie Watts went 2-for-3 for Delgado with one run scored and one RBI.
Scott Votaw led the Eagles and went 2-for-3.
Delgado got its first run when Josh Watkins doubled and brought home Frankie Watts in the first inning. Watkins then scored when Cody Ducote reached on a fielders’ choice for a 2-0 lead.
Watts hit an RBI single to right field in the fourth to give Delgado another run.
DELGADO 3, BATON ROUGE CC 0: The Eagles defeated the Bears 11-3 in the first game and the loss to the Dolphins eliminated them from the tournament. Delgado starting pitcher and Northwestern State signee Chase Hymel left after pitching eight. He struck out nine, allowed two hits and walked two.
“I thought we did a good job early in the game doing what we tried to do,” said Delgado head coach Joe Scheuermann. “The difference in the game was Hymel. He was phenomenal.”
For Hymel, the help from the rest of the team aided his performance.
“I thought I threw the ball well and the defense made every play,” he said. “We didn’t have one error.”
It didn’t take long for the Dolphins to score. In the second, Jordan Caillouet singled and advanced to second and Ducote scored for a 1-0 lead. Josh Watkins singled to bring in Cole Freeman for a 2-0 lead in the second.
In the top of the eighth, BRCC (18-37) had runners on second and third with two out and Nicholas Gobert was at bat, however he grounded out to shortstop to end the inning.
Delgado got its third run in the eighth when Chris Eades singled and brought home Josh Watkins.
BRCC coach L.J. Dupuy said the first game against Meridian was winnable for his squad. The Bears lead the Eagles 3-1 after four.
“We played Delgado tough,” he said about his team’s second game. “That pitcher was just outstanding. What can you say? We didn’t get enough quality at-bats. We didn’t drive the runs in when he had the opportunity.”
Dupuy said his team played this season without eight scholarship players and that hurt his team this season. However, he was still pleased with how his squad battled each game.
“These kids still came back and played as well as they did. So I’m proud of them.”
MERIDIAN 11, BATON ROUGE CC 3: Meridian used a seven-run sixth inning to defeat Baton Rouge 11-3 in the tournament’s first game.
The game ended in the seventh because of the eight-run rule.
The Eagles outhit the Bears 13-4 and started their scoring in the fourth.
Brooks Ballisteri led Meridian (26-24), going 2-for-3 with one run scored. Scott Votaw went 2-for-3 with one run and three RBIs. Michael Druhan went 3-4 with three runs and two RBIs.
Goose Yates earned the win for Meridian, while Mason Liles was the losing pitcher for BRCC.
Bears had no one with multiple hits.
Baton Rouge got on the scoreboard first when Corey Free scored on a wild pitch in the second inning with no outs. That was set up when Jose Dupuy’s single loaded the bases. Cameron Burns scored the second run to give the Bears a 2-0 lead.
Baton Rouge loaded the bases again in the fourth inning with one out when Steven Bright drew a walk. Cade Milazzo then grounded out to first and that brought home Burns to extend the lead to 3-0.
The Eagles scored their first run in the fourth when Mac Seibert sent the ball near the shortstop. That sent Michael Druhan home to cut the lead to 3-1. Seibert tried to get a double but was tagged for the third out in the fourth after the run scored.
Meridian scored two runs to tie the game at 3-3 in the fifth.