The 1972 Miami Dolphins know what perfection feels like. To a man, they’d tell you it feels really good.
Delgado Community College’s baseball team is aiming at a sort of perfection when this other bunch of Dolphins hosts the Baton Rouge Community College Bears in a three-game weekend series at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium. They’ll play a doubleheader at 1 p.m. Saturday and a single game at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Ranked seventh in the latest National Junior College Athletic Association poll, Delgado is 35-9 entering these final three contests on its regular-season schedule, but 23-0 at Kirsch-Rooney following Tuesday’s doubleheader sweep of nonconference rival Faulkner (Ala.) State, extending its current winning streak — all home games — to eight.
“We just play very well here,” Delgado coach Joe Scheuermann said of the Dolphins’ seeming invincibility at Kirsch-Rooney. “Most of the kids on our club are from (the New Orleans area). They’ve played in this park a lot; they’re familiar with the place. And it does have a neat atmosphere to it.
“I’ve never had an undefeated season at home. It would be great to try to get it done. But all we’re focused on now is winning two out of three, which would give us our (Miss-Lou) Conference championship and the right to host the Region XXIII postseason tournament.”
The Region XXVIII tournament is May 5-9.
Despite Delgado’s spiffy overall record and home-field dominance, the Dolphins are just 5-3 in Miss-Lou play, losing two of three games last month to the Bears (17-34, 4-5) at Pete Goldsby Field. Should BRCC take two of three games this weekend, it would claim the regular-season title and the right to host the Miss-Lou tournament.
But BRCC coach L.J. Dupuy is aware that Delgado is especially hard to beat at Kirsch-Rooney. The Bears’ strengths are pitching, defense and an opportunistic offense, but Delgado has a potent lineup that is well-suited for a ballpark that rewards strong hitting.
“Both teams have good pitching,” Dupuy noted. “We have to play small ball to win because we don’t have a heavy-hitting club like they do. Our kids were able to score a few runs and our pitching was able to hold Delgado down enough to win twice at our place.
“It’ll pretty much have to be that way this time. If we can hold their hitters down and play the same type game, we might score enough runs to win the series.”
Dupuy, though, said Delgado at Kirsch-Rooney is the very definition of “home-field advantage.”
“Bottom line, they go out, hit the baseball and win,” he said. “That team is molded to that field. With the wind blowing out, there’s going to be home runs hit there. They got some big guys that can hit the long ball. And they just seem to play harder over there. I mean, the (playing field) is named after Joe’s father (the late Delgado coach Louis “Rags” Scheuermann). They’re very proud of that, and rightly so.”