Delgado draws seventh seed in JUCO World Series
South Central District champion Delgado is the No. 7 seed in the NJCAA Division I baseball championship national tournament – better known as the JUCO World Series – beginning Saturday in Grand Junction, Colorado.
The Dolphins (45-11), making their sixth JUCO World Series appearance but their first since 2016, will play the first game of the 10-team, double-elimination event against No. 4 seed Weatherford, Texas (50-9) Saturday at 10 a.m. CDT (9 a.m. MDT).
The bracket is set! #7-seeded Delgado will open the JUCO World Series against #4-seeded Weatherford at 9am MST Saturday (10am CST) in Grand Junction, Colorado. pic.twitter.com/m4ZCN2nL2R
— Delgado Athletics (@delgadodolphins) May 23, 2023
The seeding should come as no surprise as six of the top 10 teams in the final NJCAA Division I poll reached the national tournament, and the seeding held very close to form. The nation’s No. 1-ranked team, Central Florida, is the top seed in Grand Junction.
Weatherford was fifth and Delgado 11th in last Monday’s final regular-season poll. The Dolphins defeated No. 4-ranked Crowder – the highest-ranked team not in the World Series field – Saturday in the district tournament on the Roughriders’ home field before winning the district title in walk-off fashion Sunday over Connors State, 2-1 in 10 innings.
Delgado and Weatherford are in the same portion of the bracket as Central Florida and No. 10 seed Andrew, Ga., who meet in the second game on Saturday. The winners of those two games will play Monday night and the losers will meet Sunday afternoon in an elimination game.
The tournament runs through either June 2 or 3.
The first-round matchups are as follows (times Central):
No. 7 Delgado (45-11) vs. No. 4 Weatherford, Texas (50-9), 10 a.m. Saturday
No. 10 Andrew, Ga. (34-23) vs. No. 1 Central Florida (51-6), 1 p.m. Saturday
No. 9 Shelton State, Ala. (31-28) vs. No. 2 Johnson County (55-8), 4 p.m. Saturday
No. 8 Salt Lake, Utah (31-18) vs. No. 3 Wabash Valley, Ill. (53-11), 8:30 p.m. Saturday
No. 6 Gaston, N.C. (48-11) vs. No. 5 Blinn, Texas (44-13), 11 a.m. Sunday
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Lenny was involved in college athletics starting in the early 1980s, when he began working Tulane University sporting events while still attending Archbishop Rummel High School. He continued that relationship as a student at Loyola University, where he graduated in 1987. For the next 11 years, Vangilder worked in the sports information offices at Southwestern Louisiana (now UL-Lafayette) and Tulane;…