It used to be one of New Orleans’ best kept secrets, but in recent years, the Delgado Baseball program has made a name for itself at both a local and national level. This season is no exception.
As the Dolphins celebrate forty years since the program’s humble beginnings, Delgado’s baseball team is off to another stellar start this season. The team is currently 24-2 overall, and was recently ranked the #2 team in the nation in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) poll.
The #2 rank isn’t the team’s first this season. The Dolphins were listed as #16 in the NJCAA’s pre-season poll and rose to #3 in the first regular season poll of February 21st. Delgado has consistently led the nation’s stat categories so far this season, appearing in the top ten in nine offensive categories since the beginning of the spring. It’s worth noting that last year’s Delgado squad was listed in each national poll of the year, eventually rising to the #1 slot in the final regular season poll of 2013. The team finished with 47 wins and 11 losses, the South Central District Runners-up, one game away from the Junior College World Series.
On February 22, Head Coach Joe Scheuermann celebrated another milestone as Delgado’s win over College of Dupage marked his 800th victory as Delgado’s Head Coach. The team and parents celebrated with a post game party that included a green and gold kingcake in the shape of an “800”. Now in his 24th season at the helm, Scheuermann is the program’s second head coach (succeeded his father, Rags in 1990) and also in his first year as Delgado’s Athletic Director.
The Disney Magic
Earlier this month, the Dolphins traveled to Orlando to participate in their ninth consecutive Disney Spring Training Invitational at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World. The team defeated ASA Brooklyn, Mott, Gloucester, and Monroe Colleges to go a perfect 6-0 in their six games, sweeping the competition. The trip highlights some of the things that make the program so great, combining baseball with a little family and fun, all with that twist of Disney.
The 2014 Dolphins are truly the community’s home team, with the roster being composed of a majority of localized talent. Delgado’s spring roster includes student-athletes listed from twenty-three area high schools…public and private, quite a gumbo of local players. The program’s local flare greatly impacts its family ties, with parents, grandparents, relatives, alums, and friends being able to support the Dolphins.
Delgado Baseball continues to perpetuate its ties to community baseball, opening Kirsch-Rooney Stadium to hundreds of local prep baseball games each spring. The Dolphins provide the maintenance and upkeep of their historic facility, Kirsch-Rooney Stadium, not just to host their own home games, but the majority of the local prep schedule as well. If you play or have played baseball in the Crescent City, you can bet that at some point you played between the lines at Kirsch-Rooney.
In continuing to foster its role as “the community’s college”, Delgado has partnered with WGNO-TV to present Friday Night Fastball this spring. Those local sports fans who are familiar with Ed Daniel’s iconic Friday Night Football show will appreciate the fact that Delgado and WGNO are teaming up to bring you the baseball version. The show will air on five Fridays during the prep season and bring you highlights, interviews, and more. Stay tuned for more information about the schedule and airing information.
Alums in Action across the U.S.
Delgado Baseball has a proud tradition of placing its student-athletes into programs across the country, and in recent years, that’s been more evident than ever! This spring, former Dolphins appear on rosters at LSU, Loyola, University of New Orleans, LSU-Alexandria, William Carey, North Carolina State, High Point, and Ole Miss, just to name a few. Former pitchers Stone Speer and Brent Bonvillain are also participating in Minor League Spring Training in anticipation of their respective season openers later this spring.
This April, Delgado is being recognized as the National Junior College Athletic Association is the College of the Month. The college will be showcased in the NJCAA Review, its official monthly publication, as well as on njcaa.org.
As the 2014 season continues, the Dolphins are prepping for a few weekend road trips as they open Miss-Lou conference play against Baton Rouge Community College and Meridian Community College. The Dolphins return to Kirsch-Rooney on the weekend of April 12-13 as they host Meridian and open a lengthy home stand that will stretch through the end of the regular season.
Mark your calendars…
Friends, Fans, and especially alums are invited to join us at our annual Return to Rooney event, which will take place on Saturday, April 12 and Sunday, April 13 at Kirsch-Rooney Stadium. In addition to food, fun, and prizes, the Delgado Baseball family will also enjoy a three game conference series between Delgado and Miss-Lou rival Meridian Community College. This year will be bittersweet as the Eagles transition out of the Miss-Lou conference to join their Mississippi schools in a separate conference. For more information about Return to Rooney, visit www.delgadoathletics.com.
Dive In and support the Dolphins
We may sound like a broken record, but we can’t hide our Delgado Pride. In the end, it’s not about the wins and losses or national rankings, but the fact that the little program that could is thriving in ways no one could have ever imagined. Though it doesn’t always get the attention it deserves, Delgado Baseball continues to grow and expand each season. It’s a testament to the Determination, Character, and Commitment shown by our players, coaches, staff, alums, parents, and every valued member of our community who supports what we do. As we enter the homestretch of another season, we invite you to Dive In. If you can make it out to Kirsch-Rooney, come out and enjoy a game or two in the friendly confines. If you can’t make it out, follow the Fish via updates on DelgadoAthletics.com, or one of our many social media channels. This year, you can even watch a live stream of games via Dolphin Stream or follow pitch-by-pitch with our Game Tracker.
Good times never seemed so good.