Delgado pitcher Evan Hileman saw Baton Rouge Community College pound 18 hits in beating the Dolphins on Saturday in their Region XXIII playoff game at Zephyr Field.
And Hileman also had incurred the wrath of the Bears’ hitters in a previous game.
On Sunday, however, Hileman shut out BRCC on four hits for 6.1 innings, and Delgado easily won 12-3 to advance to the NJCAA South Central Regional tournament.
“I knew I had to make some adjustments,” Hileman (6-2) said. “I kind of learned how they hit the ball and where not to pitch them and how to play them (defensively).”
The Dolphins (33-14) will play in the three-team South Central Regional on May 19-21 at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium against the Missouri (Region 16) and Oklahoma (Region 2) champions. The winner advances to the Junior College World Series, in which Delgado has appeared the past two seasons.
Hileman said he threw more off-speed pitches this time against the Bears (32-18). However, his fastball clearly worked well, allowing him to get ahead in the count.
A seven-run cushion helped in that regard, he said. The Dolphins scored six runs in the second inning, as Bears starting pitcher Chase Martin did not get an out before being relieved.
Designated hitter JP LaGreco led off with a double. Then there were three consecutive walks, a single by third baseman Brandt Broussard, another walk, and a single by outfielder Daniel Lahare.
Delgado added a run in the third on second baseman Brandt Broussard’s single to left, which scored catcher Spencer Miller.
“We couldn’t throw strikes,” Bears coach L.J. Dupuy said. “You get behind in the count against a good team like (Delgado), and you’re going to get hit. And then you had the walks to go along with it, and it makes for a big inning pretty quickly.”
A four-run seventh gave the Dolphins a 12-0 lead. The Bears finally got to Hileman in the bottom of the inning, getting all three of their runs on three hits.
Coach Joe Scheuermann visited the mound but didn’t bring in a reliever.
“I had lost my curve ball in the fifth inning and was just throwing my fastball,” Hileman said. “But I was able to get through it, started throwing it again and was able to get them out and finish the game.”
Delgado had 13 hits for the second consecutive game.
Center fielder Daniel Lahare went 3-for-5 and had three RBIs and two runs. Third baseman Owen Magee and second baseman Brandt Broussard (3-for-4) also drove in three runs each, and left fielder Christian Volion went 3-for-3 and scored two runs.
BRCC had seven hits as John Mauldin went 2-for-4, Blake Buller was 1-for-3 with a run, Cloy Clostio was 1-for-1 with a run and Devin Bailey went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run.
In Saturday’s game, Baton Rouge’s leadoff through cleanup hitters combined to go 13-for-21 (.619). On Sunday, they went 4-for-15 (.266), with one of the hits coming in the ninth.