GRAND JUNCTION, COLORADO — Delgado defeated Darton State College (Georgia) in walkoff fashion with a five-inning 12-2 run-rule win Sunday at the NJCAA Junior College World Series at Sam Suplizio Field.
The victory marked Delgado’s first JUCO World Series win in the program’s five tournament appearances (1985, 2007, 2014, 2015, 2016) . In addition, the win marked Head Coach Joe Scheuermann’s 900th career victory as Delgado’s skipper.
Daniel Lahare’s two run home run in the fifth plated Robbie Podorsky (who reached on a walk) to score the game-ending runs to seal the mercy rule victory. Lahare’s homer was his second of the game following a three-run shot in the second inning to score Delgado’s first three runs with Ty Thompson and Robbie Podorsky.
In the third, JP LaGreco doubled and scored on Spencer Miller’s single. Miller scored on a two-run homerun by Dylan Weston (his third of the tournament). Three doubles by Spencer Miller, Dylan Weston, and Brandt Broussard plated four more runs in the Delgado fourth before Lahare’s walkoff in the fifth closed the Dolphins’ scoring for the victory.
Darton State posted solo runs in the second inning (on a sacrifice fly) and in the fifth on a single.
Delgado starter Evan Hileman pitched the complete game for the Dolphins, pitching five innings and allowing seven hits and two runs. He struck out five Cavalier batters.
Lahare acknowledged the special day in his post-game press conference. “It’s absolutely amazing and huge. Delgado is known to be a family-oriented program…and we all respect that. When asked about the emotions of his World Series walkoff homerun, he added: “It was kind of unbelievable…kind of a shock. Rounding first base, I just lost it I was so excited.”
“It feels great. For a while, I didn’t think it was coming, but we got it done,” noted Scheuerman about the program’s first JUCO World Series win.
The 900th career victory milestone was lagniappe to an emotional Scheuermann.
“Number 900 is nice, but number one (in the World Series) feels a lot better. I’m a little emotional because in 1985 I came up here with my dad (Delgado’s program founding Head Coach “Rags” Scheuermann). He’s the reason I’m here. This one is for him.”
Delgado will face Harford College (Maryland) Monday morning at 10:00 MST/11:00 CST.