(Peru, Neb.) –
The Peru State baseball team swept its Heart of America Athletic Conference (Heart) opener on Saturday in Marshall, Mo., over Missouri Valley.
The Bobcats won 10-1 and 8-3 over the Vikings to improve to 7-3 overall and 2-0 in the Heart. Mo Valley fell to 11-8 and 2-2.
First Game Action
The 'Cats struck first in the top of the first inning. Zach Nolin (Bonifay, Fla.)
singled to short and went all the way to third when Joshua Banuelos (Moreno Valley, Calif.)
reached on an error. Banuelos would move to second on the error as well. Gianfranco Garlobo (Carolina, Puerto Rico)
reached on an error which scored Nolin. Unfortunately for the Bobcats, they could not push any more runs across, but had a 1-0 lead at that point.
The Vikings would tie it with one run in the bottom of the second to make it 1-1 after two complete innings.
Peru State would add runs in the top of the third. Banuelos reached on a walk and was forced out when Garlobo reached on a fielder's choice. Bryan Ventura Castro (Carolina, Puerto Rico)
singled to the infield with Garlobo stopping at second. The base runners would get a double steal to move up a base. After a second out, Darren Hasch (Destin, Fla.)
reached on an error and both base runners scored. Edwin Muniz (Dorado, Puerto Rico)
doubled to left-center to drive in Hasch to make the score 4-1.
In the top of the sixth, the 'Cats would add a run. After an out, Muniz hit his second double, this time deep down the right field line. Jordan Kelly (Omaha)
reached on an error which scored Muniz to make it 5-1.
Peru State would blow the game open in the top of the seventh inning. After an out, Garlobo singled to shallow center and then stole second base. Ventura Castro tripled to deep left-center to drive in Garlobo. After the second out, Hasch singled up the middle to drive in Ventura Castro. Muniz singled to left with Hasch moving to second. Jaime Del Hoyo (Pembroke Pines, Fla.)
came in to run for Muniz. Kelly would load the bases with a single. On a passed ball, Hasch scored with the other base runners advancing. Chaz Dunn (Falls City)
reached on a walk. Nolin reached on an error with Del Hoyo and Kelly both scoring and Dunn stopping at third. By the end of the half inning, the Bobcats led 10-1.
The Bobcats scored their ten runs on nine hits and had one error. Missouri Valley scored their lone run on two hits and had eight errors.
Muniz led the 'Cats going three for four with one RBI. Ventura Castro added two hits and one RBI. Hasch was the RBI leader with three.
Alberto Rosario (Carolina, Puerto Rico)
tossed a complete game for the win. Rosario allowed just two hits, one earned run, and struck out seven.
MISSOURI VALLEY GAME ONE GAME BOOK
Game Two Action
After an out in the top of the first, Banuelos singled thru the hole at shortstop. Garlobo would reach with a walk and Banuelos moved to second. After the second out, Eric Ocasio (San Juan, Puerto Rico)
reached on an error with Banuelos eventually scoring to put Peru State up 1-0.
Missouri Valley would tie it in the bottom of the first at 1-1.
Peru State would leave runners on base in both the second and third before scoring in the top of the fourth. Kelly would reach on an error to start the inning and eventually stopped at second. Dunn struck out, but made it to first on a passed ball. Kelly and Dunn both then stole third and second respectively. On a passed ball, Kelly scored. On the second fly ball out, Dunn moved to third on the throw. Garlobo was hit by a pitch and went to second with a stolen base. Ventura Castro would single to drive in Dunn and Garlobo to put the 'Cats up 4-1.
Dunn stated the top of the sixth with a walk and went to second when Nolin reached on an error. On a passed ball, both runners advanced. Banuelos hit a sacrifice fly to right-center which scored Dunn and Nolin advanced to third. Del Hoyo entered to run for Nolin. Garlobo hit a sacrifice fly to center which was deep enough to score Del Hoyo to make it 6-1.
In the top of the sixth, Ocasio reached on a walk and then Hasch doubled to deep left with Ocasio stopping at third. Felix Rodriguez (Carolina, Puerto Rico)
entered to run to Ocasio. Muniz reached on another Viking error with Rodriguez scoring on the play and Hasch stopped at third. Kelly hit a sacrifice fly to deep center with Hasch scoring the final run of the game for the Bobcats.
Mo Valley would score two in the bottom of the seventh to make the final score 8-3 Peru State.
Peru State scored their eight runs on just six hits and committed one error. The Vikings scored their three runs on four hits and had four miscues.
Hasch was the only Bobcat with more than one hit as he went two for three. Ventura Castro led the team with two RBI.
Eddy Tavarez Cabrera (San Cristobal, Dominican Republic)
picked up the win after throwing the first five innings. Tavarez Cabrera allowed just one hit, one earned run, and struck out ten. Joshua Santiago (Carolina, Puerto Rico)
threw one inning and did not allow any hits or runs. Cragin Missak (Bellevue)
tossed the final inning. Missak allowed three hits, two earned runs, and struck out one.
MISSOURI VALLEY GAME TWO GAME BOOK
Peru State will stay in Missouri and on Monday will play Evangel in Springfield, Mo., in another Heart double header. The Crusaders opened conference play with a sweep of visiting Grand View (Iowa) on Friday. Evangel is 10-11 overall.
The Bobcats will then step out of conference to host York on Tuesday in a double header beginning at 2 p.m. The Panthers are 6-13 on the year having won their last two games.
On the weekend, the 'Cats will host a four-game series with Mount Mercy (Iowa) with both double headers beginning at 1 p.m. The Mustangs are 10-11 on the year and are 2-2 in the conference and will not play until this coming weekend.