(BATON ROUGE, La.) - The Delgado Community College Dolphins were facing elimination against Meridian Community College in the NJCAA Region 23 tournament Monday afternoon and scored 14 runs to defeat the Eagles 14-13 and force a final nine-inning contest for the regional crown.
Garrett Harris got the start on the mound for MCC ..
In the first inning Delgado got on the board first following a throwing error from Eagle third baseman Tyler Vick allowed a run to score.
The game went scoreless following the Dolphins opening run until the third inning.
In the top of the third MCC got on the board with five runs to take a 5-1 lead.
In the bottom of the third Delgado answered with two runs to make it 5-3.
In the top of the fourth MCC continued to score as the Eagles added two runs to make it 7-3.
The Dolphins answered in the bottom of the fourth inning with three runs to make it 7-6.
The Eagles stretched out their lead once again with three runs in the top of the fifth inning to extend their lead out to four runs, 10-6.
In the bottom half of the fifth inning, Harris struck out the first two Delgado batters and got a pop out to second base as he shut down the Dolphins in the fifth.
In the top of the sixth MCC was held scoreless and the game remained 10-6.
Delgado then put runs on the board in the bottom of the sixth inning with a two run home run and then back to back doubles. The Dolphins score three runs in the inning. Stating pitcher, Harris was relieved by Mandela Mingo in the sixth who pitched 2/3 of the inning before Blake Hennington was called upon to get the final out of the inning but not before Delgado made it a one run game, 10-9.
In the seventh inning both teams remained scoreless and the contest stayed a one-run game, 10-9 into the eighth inning.
The Eagles went down one-two-three in the top of the eighth, scoring no runs. Defensively, the Eagles came up with a clutch double-play to end the bottom half of the eight inning and kept Delgado off the scoreboard, the game remained 10-9 in the ninth inning.
With two outs and no one on in the bottom of the ninth inning, second baseman Cory Guidry of Delgado hit a solo blast to tie up the ballgame and send the Region 23 title game into extra innings.
In the top of the tenth inning, MCC left two runners on base and went scoreless.
In the bottom of the tenth inning, Delgado hit into an inning ending double-play and no runs were scored in the first extra inning.
In the bottom of the 11th inning, Delgado loaded the bases with only one out but Hennington got a pop up and ground out to escape the inning and send the game tied to an extra inning.
In the 12th inning, Delgado got a runner on third with one out and hit a grounder to shortstop Jordan King who threw to the plate in time as Brent Tanner applied the tag and the game remain scoreless in extra innings.
In the top of the 13th inning, Jordan King led off with a stand up double and Brent Tanner hit a sacrifice fly to center and the Eagles had a runner at third with one out. Delgado then intentionally walked Tyler Vick to put runners on the corners with one out. Drew Crosby then hit a two run double to give MCC a 12-10 lead. Then the Eagles added two more runs as Kenny Sanders drove in two runs with a double to right field and extended the lead to four runs, 14-10. A wild pitch got another run in and MCC took a 15-10 lead into the bottom of the 13th inning.
Jared Cavenaugh closed out the game on the mound for MCC, the same player who one game earlier started for the Eagles as MCC won an epic battle, 15-10 in 13 innings over Delgado.
The Eagles advance to the NJCAA District Championship played in Missouri in two weeks.