In addition to Mother Nature throwing a wrench into the Peru State baseball team's plans for the Heart of America Athletic Conference (Heart) Postseason tournament, so did the Mount Mercy (Iowa) Mustangs.
Mother Nature forced a postponement of the game which had started on Friday at the US Baseball Park in Ozark, Mo., with Mount Mercy leading 5-1 in the top of the seventh inning. The game resumed Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. and the Mustangs advanced in the tournament with a 14-2 win.
Game Action
The Bobcats would get on the board first in the top of the second inning. After an out, Abner Vincenty (Cabo Rojo, P.R.) homered to deep right on a 3-1 count to make it 1-0.
That lead would hold until the Mustangs would score a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth. Mount Mercy would add three more in the bottom of the fifth to lead 5-1.
Peru State would leave the bases loaded in the top of the sixth and then had two on base after an out in the top of the seventh before lightning forced the delay. Zach Nolin (Bonifay, Fla.) was on first after a single and then stole second. Joshua Banuelos (Moreno Valley, Calif.) reached on a walk. Jesus Tavarez (Santo Domingo, D.R.) was at the plate when the lightning came. On Saturday morning, Tavarez singled to drive in Nolin which would prove to be the only other run the 'Cats could muster.
Mount Mercy would increase their lead to 7-2 with a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh. Then, in the bottom of the eighth, the Mustangs plated seven runs for the 14-2 win.
The Mustangs scored their 14 runs on ten hits and committed one error. Peru State scored their two runs on seven hits and had three miscues. The Bobcats stranded 12 base runners in the contests.
Nolin had one of his best games as a Bobcat as he went four for five with Vincenty adding two hits. Tavarez and Vincenty were each credited with one RBI.
Eddy Tavarez Cabrera (San Cristobel, D.R.) threw the first 5.2 innings and was tagged for the loss. Tavarez Cabrera allowed 3 hits, 5 runs – 4 earned, and struck out 11. Tyler Wheelock(Omaha) got the next two outs. Wheelock allowed one hit and one earned run. Zach Pinkerton (Beatrice) tossed the next two outs. Pinkerton gave up two hits, one earned run, and struck out one. Carlos Gonzalez (Gurabo, P.R.) got one out, but was tagged for two hits, five earned runs, and struck out one. Ricky Broxson (Panama City, Fla.) threw the final two outs. Broxson allowed two hits and two earned runs.
Season Complete
Peru State finished its season 20-24 which is just the second losing season in Coach Wayne Albury's eight years at the helm.
Fifteen seniors have completed their eligibility on the team.