Delgado split a doubleheader against Southwest Mississippi Saturday, falling 4-3 in walkoff fashion before rebounding for a 10-1 victory in Summit, Mississippi.
In the first game, Southwest Mississippi hit the board first, scoring a run on an RBI single in the fourth inning. Back-to-back Delgado doubles by Tony Valdes and Brandt Broussrd in the sixth tied the game. Broussard scored on a single by Daniel Lahare to give the Dolphins the 2-1 lead. Southwest quickly answered in the bottom of the inning, tying the game 2-2 on Scooter Ginn’s solo homerun.
Christian Clayton reached on a fielder’s choice in the top of the seventh, scoring on a single by Brandt Broussard to put Delgado ahead by a run. In the bottom of the inning, back-to-back singles and a Dolphin error loaded the bases before a fielder’s choice tied the game and a walkoff single by Payton Yawn lifted the Bears to a 4-3 win. Jace Nini suffered the loss on the mound with Chris Turpin facing three batters in relief in the seventh.
It was a different story for the Dolphins in game two as they took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Matt Rykaczewski reached on a single and advanced to third on a double by Tristan Babin, scoring on a groundout by Christian Clayton. In the third, Brandt Broussard reached on a leadoff walk and scored when Daniel Lahare reached on a two base infield error. Delgado added two in the fourth inning when Christian Clayton reached on a leadoff error and Chip Bonura singled.
Brandt Broussard doubled to score Clayton and Daniel Lahare grounded out to score Bonura. Broussard scored on a wild pitch for a third Delgado run in the inning as the Dolphin lead expanded to 5-0. In the sixth, Broussard singled and advanced on singles by Daniel Lahare and JP LaGreco, scoring on a groundout by Matt Rykaczewski.
Southwest Mississippi scored its sole run of the game in the sixth when a wild pitch scored Brantley Hughes, who reached base on a single. Delgado’s offense added an additional four runs in the seventh, including a triple by Chip Bonura, a double by Brandon Noel, and a homerun by Daniel Lahare to cap off Delgado’s 10-1 win. Delgado starter Adam Nelson earned the win on the mound, pitching five innings and retiring twelve consecutive Bear batters. Donovan Goatley appeared in relief for two innings.
Delgado (10-4) returns to action Tuesday, traveling to Pearl River Community College.