State champions. How does that sound?
The Mustangs baseball team won its first state title since 2011 in dramatic fashion over the holiday weekend, coming from behind in the final game to top rival Sacramento City College by a score of 7-5.
After the final out, players jumped into a celebratory dogpile on the first base side of the infield. Their joy was understandable: Delta has gone to the Final Four in six of the past nine years, but of late has been unable to get over the top.
“It was an exhausting weekend, of course. That’s how we tend to do it,” Coach Reed Peters told The Record. “But we came through, and I’m so proud of this team. This is a very difficult thing to accomplish."
Ladies and gentlemen, the CCCAA State Champions, your Delta Mustangs! via ^tespinoza34 pic.twitter.com/cgZo5YGrVp— Delta Athletics (@SJDCAthletics) May 29, 2018
Peters wasn't joking. Delta won the first two games of the state tournament in Fresno. Coming into Monday, all the Mustangs had to do was win one of two games against Sac City. But they dropped the first game by a score of 6-3, and in the second game fell behind by a score of 5-2 after five innings.
It took a five-run bottom of the sixth to put Delta back in position to win the title. Tournament co-MVP Jordan Vujovich played a big part with a three-run double to tie the game. After the Mustangs jumped in front, it was up to co-MVP Kevin Kyle to hold the lead which he did by retiring eight of the 10 batters he faced.
"I guess the only word is exciting," Vujovich told The Record. "We worked all year for it, starting in August. We really wanted to finish this thing off."
The championship set off a chain reaction of ecstatic social media posts from the Delta family and the greater Stockton community.
A huge congratulations to the Delta Mustang Baseball team @SJDCBaseball for winning the State Championship! These young men battled hard all weekend and we couldn’t be more proud of them! pic.twitter.com/QZnHSolCat— Delta JC Football (@Football_Delta) May 29, 2018
But we'll save the last word for our champions:
Thank you to the players and their families. Special thanks to @DeltaATCs for the countless hours they put in with all athletes. The support from @deltaWSOC @Football_Delta @TheBrakeDown @SJDCAthletics @DeltaWBBall @erikpardee was unreal! This is not possible without all of you!— SJDCBaseball (@SJDCBaseball) May 29, 2018