Delgado to Host 2011 NJCAA South Central District Tournament
Fresh of a Region 23 championship victory over Baton Rouge Community College on Sunday, the Delgado Community College baseball team will turn its focus on another weekend at its â€œfriendly confinesâ€ with a trip to the Junior College World Series at stake.
Eastern Oklahoma State College of Wilburton, Okla., and Jefferson College of Hillsboro, Mo., will make the trip south to Kirsch-Rooney Stadium this weekend for the NJCAA South Central District tournament.
The tournament will follow the same format as the Region 23 tournament, with a round-robin on Friday followed by the championship round on Saturday and, if necessary, Sunday.
On Friday, Delgado (40-15) will meet Eastern Oklahoma at 1 p.m. and Jefferson at 4 p.m. Eastern Oklahoma and Jefferson will meet in the dayâ€™s final game at 7 p.m.
The Dolphins went 3-1 in the Region 23 tournament, capped off by an 8-6 victory over Baton Rouge Sunday to claim their fourth region title in five years.
All three teams are ranked in last weekâ€™s Perfect Game JUCO Top 50 – Eastern Oklahoma at No. 31, Jefferson at No. 40 and Delgado at No. 43.
Eastern Oklahoma (37-20) went undefeated in the Region 2 tournament, defeating Northeastern Oklahoma A&M 7-6 in the championship game on a two-run homer by Sam King in the bottom of the ninth. The Mountaineers had gone just 5-7 in their last 12 games prior to the tournament.
King drove in a team-high eight runs in four tournament games last weekend.
Jefferson (41-19) bounced back to defeat top-seeded Crowder 2-0 in the championship game of the Region 16 tournament. Earlier in the day, Crowder had forced a second championship game by routing Jefferson 13-4.
The title-game win over Crowder was Jeffersonâ€™s third shutout of the tournament.
Jefferson opened its season against Delgadoâ€™s Region 23 rival, Meridian Community College, and swept a four-game series from the Eagles.
Delgado has faced both schools in the district tournament in recent years.
In 2007, the Dolphins defeated Jefferson twice, including a 6-5 victory in the championship game, as they advanced to their first Junior College World Series in 22 years and their first under head coach Joe Scheuermann.
Last year, Delgado eliminated Eastern Oklahoma before falling to Crowder (Mo.) College in the district championship game.
All three teams have made World Series appearances in the last decade. Besides Delgadoâ€™s trip in 2007, Eastern Oklahoma reached the World Series in 2001 and Jefferson made the trip to Grand Junction, Colo., a year later.
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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;…