The Delta College baseball team is No. 1 in the nation for a reason. They’ve got talent that’s not just exceptional for junior college, but for NCAA Division I as well.
Delta plays Orange Coast at noon Saturday at the CCAA state finals, a four-team, double-elimination tournament at Fresno City College. Host Fresno and Palomar are also included, and play the 6 p.m. game Saturday. The semifinals are Sunday and the finals are Monday on Memorial Day.
According to the Mustangs’ website, five current players — three everyday starters and two starting pitchers — have committed to four-year programs, four of which are Div. I.
Here’s a look at them:
JACOB THOMAS (UC Davis)
Thomas, a sophomore shortstop from Bear Creek, heads to play for the Aggies, who used to be a Big West Conference rival of Pacific. The sure-fielding infielder has been unbelievable defensively, committing seven errors in 200 chances at the most difficult non-catcher position.
DEAN KREMER (UNLV)
Kremer, a redshirt freshman from Lincoln, is third in the state in wins, at 12-1, and has a 2.00 earned run average. He’ll pitch for UNLV, which was an NCAA regional playoff team a year ago. Kremer, if Delta goes with its usual 1-2-3, should start Sunday for the Mustangs.
COLLIN THEROUX (Oklahoma State)
Theroux is a muscular, power-hitting catcher who certainly looks like a late-20s professional player. He’s got a team-high (by far) with eight home runs, and is a calm leader as a backstop. He’s a sophomore from San Mateo-Serra, and is certainly a Big XII-caliber player.
RICKY DELGADO (UC Riverside)
Delgado, an unbeaten No. 3 starter — yeah, that’s a luxury — is 9-0 with a 1.82 ERA, and has saved Delta in do-or-die starts against Sequoias and San Mateo in the postseason. He’s a right-handed sophomore from Antioch-Deer Valley. It’ll be fun if he gets to face Thomas in the UC Davis lineup in Big West play.
ZACK PERUGI (Cal State East Bay)
Perugi, a lefty and solid hitter for the Mustangs out of the No. 5 hole, is headed to play in quite possibly the toughest Div. II baseball conference in the nation in the CCAA.
NOTE: All photos by Record staff photographers Clifford Oto and Calixtro Romias or correspondent Craig Sanders.
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