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Delgado set himself up for another great season with Sherman coming close to another milestone – Crescent City Sports

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When you focus attention on Delgado baseball, you focus on continued excellence.

This has happened since legendary coach Rags Sherman acquired the program before passing his program on to his son.

Joe Sherman has taken the program to a higher level.

Entering his 33rd year on the job, Sherman is Louisiana’s longest serving head coach.

Already inducted into the National Junior College Athletic Association’s Hall of Fame, Scheuermann has led his Dolphins to 1,091 victories with the 1,100 mark for sure in 2023, possibly early in the season.

Scheuermann has led Delgado to 15 conference titles and a host of super regional appearances. Scheuerman has guided the Dolphins to four World Series appearances. (2007, 2014, 2015, 2016).

In 2022, Delgado went 34-13, winning the 23rd District and coming one game short of the Junior World Series, falling in the South Central Regional final in New Orleans to Crowder College. Delgado wins 30 or more games annually.

Once again, the Dolphins will feature a heavy local flavor this season, with 24 players from Louisiana.

Delgado is entering the 2023 season ranked 16th in the country in the National Junior College Coaches Association poll.

The Dolphins have plenty of experience returning to the field, including outfielders Brian Broussard (.333, 1 HR, 29 RBI) and Josh Alexander (.331, 7 HR, 33 RBI) leading the way, along with catcher JT Singletary (. 310). 9 hours, 55 RBI). Players Kid Pregent (. 330, 10 RBI) and players Hayden Kibby and Davis Stephens (. 300, 2 HR, 5 RBI) all saw significant playing time last season, and Logan Bertucci, Tyler Cook and Jake Kaufman were also contributors.

What appears to be the strength of the dolphins lies on the hill, where a combination of experience and strength leads the way.

Right-handed bowler Chris Olivier is fully recovering from Tommy John surgery and will provide great support to the staff. Olivier is a member of the University of New Orleans.

Sophomore Corey Cook (5-0, 2.81 ERA) also came back from strong pitching.

Closer Kyle Levatino (6-3, 5 saves) returns to anchor the back of the bullpen.

Other experienced returning weapons include Carson Lorre, Joshua McCord, Tyler Felino, lefties Turner Toms and Caleb Drew.

“Having Olivier back is a huge key and motivator for our staff,” Sherman said. The fact that we can get some depth on the mound is huge at any level, especially at the junior college level because you play doubleheaders. Broussard and Alexander both signed with the University of Louisiana. We’ve got talent there.”

Key newcomers to Delgado include a talented two-way player in Logan O’Neill from John Curtis Christian and outfielder Walker Bazile from Brother Martin. Outfielder Cole Stromboe arrives from ULM, as does player Giovanni Licciardi. Freshman pitcher Josh Pearce of Southern Lafourche may have an impact.

The Dolphins suffered a key loss when starting Christian Westcott, who could also have contributed as a pitcher, was injured in a recent car accident and would happen most, if not all, of the season.

“That would be a huge question mark,” Sherman said. “Westcott was really good in the fall. He broke his femur so it’s very likely that he’s out most of the year.”

Scheuermann figures prominently in his new players.

“We have experience but every junior college is in the same boat with us in the aftermath of COVID,” Sherman said. “It’s an advantage and the fact that we can play in the fall is a plus. Our freshmen got 20 action games. We’re really excited about our young talent. O’Neal was the most valuable player in town last season. Bazil was one of the best players in the CFL too. We got We are excited about what our future holds.”

The season begins with four games at the Panama City Beach Invitational in Florida with the opener against Meridian Community College on February 3. There are 22 home games, including matches with District 23 rivals Baton Rouge Community College and Nunez Community College. The Dolphins will enjoy perennial Division II LSU-Eunice for three games as well.

“We ran against a second-round pick in Jacob Misiorowski and against LSU’s Nate Ackenhausen and that talent speaks for itself,” Scheuerman said. “I think the biggest thing people don’t realize is the level of ball that’s played at the junior college level. You see it every day when you play our games. It’s good baseball. The fact that we’re talented is one thing but talented enough? That’s the big question.”

Our home opener is a doubleheader on February 11 against Pensacola State College at Kerch Rooney Stadium.

“Our expectations are always high,” Sherman said. “That’s the program and the culture here.”

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