The Peru State baseball team scored ten runs in the last two innings to pull off a 15-12
win in Orange City, Iowa, on Wednesday over Northwestern.
The Bobcats trailed 11-5 heading into the top of the eighth inning when they scored six runs to tie it up at 11-11. After holding the Red Raiders from scoring in the bottom of the eighth, the ‘Cats added four more runs in the top of the ninth and then allowed just one run in the bottom of the ninth for their 22nd win of the season.
Peru State is now 22-11 on the year while Northwestern fell to 15-15.
Peru State scored first in the top of the first inning. Chaz Dunn (Falls City) led off with a walk and went to second on a ground out. Gianfranco Garlobo (Carolina, Puerto Rico) singled to center field to drive in Dunn. Bryan Ventura Castro (Carolina, Puerto Rico) doubled to left field with Garlobo stopping at third. On a fly ball out, Garlobo scored and Ventura Castro went to third. Darren Hasch (Destin, Fla.) singled to center field to score Ventura Castro and Peru State led 3-0.
Northwestern took the lead in the bottom of the third as they scored four runs. The Red Raiders added four more in the bottom of the fourth and then added two in the bottom of the sixth to lead 10-3 at that point.
In the top of the seventh, the ‘Cats were able to cut a little into the lead. After an out, Dunn was hit by a pitch and would go to second on an error which allowed Joshua Banuelos (Moreno Valley, Calif.) to reach base. Garlobo walked to load the bases. After the second out, Ocasio singled to left field to drive in Dunn and Banuelos scored to make it 10-5.
The Red Raiders scored one run in the bottom of the seventh to extend their lead back to 11-5.
After a pitching change to start the top of the eighth, Hasch reach on an error and went to second on the play. Seth Thomason (Crestview, Fla.) doubled to left center to drive in Hasch for the first run of the inning. Tyler Wheelock (Bellevue) entered to run for Thomason. Edwin Muniz (Dorado, Puerto Rico) singled to left field with Wheelock moving to third. Jaime Del Hoyo (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) had a sacrifice fly to left field to drive in Wheelock. After an out, Banuelos drove in Muniz with a double down the right field line. After a pitching change, Banuelos stole third. Garlobo followed with a single to right center to drive in Banuelos. Ventura Castro homered to left field on a 0-1 count to make to tie the score at 11-11.
Northwestern would leave two on base in the bottom of the eighth.
In the top of the ninth, after an out, Dunn reached on an error and went to second on the play. On a ground out, Dunn went to third. Garlobo walked and then stole second. Ventura Castro singled to drive in Dunn to give Peru State the lead. Ventura Castro would go to second on a wild pitch. Ocasio walked to load the bases. Cragin Missak (Bellevue) entered to run for Ocasio. Hasch walked to drive in Garlobo and then Thomason singled to drive in Missak and Ventura Castro to put the score at 15-11.
The Red Raiders would add one run in the bottom of the frame on a home run but that was all they could muster as Peru State preserved the 15-12 win.
Peru State scored their 15 runs on 14 hits and committed four errors. Northwestern scored their 12 runs on ten hits and committed five miscues.
Garlobo, Ventura Castro, and Thomason each had three hits to lead Peru State. Ocasio added two hits. Ventura Castro, Ocasio, and Thomason were each credited with three RBI while Hasch added two.
Alfredo Barroso (Hialeah, Fla.) started the game on the mound for the Bobcats. Barroso went 3.1 innings and allowed 1 hit, 6 runs – 3 earned, and struck out 2. Andrew Robinson (Imperial Beach, Calif.) tossed the next 2.2 innings. Robinson allowed 6 hits, 4 earned runs, and struck out 3. Jose Mendez (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) threw the final 3 innings and earned the win. Mendez gave up 3 hits, 2 earned runs, and struck out 4.
Peru State will be back in action on Friday when they host Central Methodist (Mo.) in a pair of Heart of America Athletic Conference (Heart) games beginning at 1 p.m. The double header was originally scheduled for Saturday, but was moved up a day due to the pending weather on Saturday. The 24th- ranked Eagles are 28-8 on the year and are 16-4 in the Heart South.
On Monday, the Bobcats will face another type of “cat,” that being the York Panthers for one nine- inning game beginning at 5 p.m. in York. The Panthers are presently 15-23 on the season.
Then, on Tuesday, the ‘Cats will play another non-conference double header as they will head to Sterling, Kan., to play Sterling in a double header beginning at 1 p.m. The Warriors are 14-23 on the year.