Bobcats dominate in first baseball win of year

Staff Writer
Syracuse Journal-Democrat

After dropping the first game of their double header with Avila, the Bobcat baseball team came back with a decisive 12-2 win over the Eagles to gain a split. It was the first win of the 2020 season for the Peru State squad.

Avila took the first game Sunday in Kansas City, Mo., 7-3. With the split, the Eagles are now 1-5 on the season. The 'Cats are 1-4 after two weekends.

First Game Action

Avila scored first with two runs in the bottom of the first to go up 2-0.

Peru State scored all of its runs in the top of the second inning. Julian Fernandez (Middle Village, N.Y.) was hit by a pitch and went to second when Jackson Tingwald (Ralston) singled to shallow right-center. Manual Cabellero (Dolega, Panama) stepped to the plate and hit a three-run home run over the center field fence on the first pitch. This put the Bobcats ahead 3-2, but the 'Cats could not get any more runs on the board in the first game.

The Eagles came back and regained the lead in the bottom of the second with a pair of runs. They would add one run in the bottom of the fourth and then two more insurance runs in the bottom of the fifth to go on for the 7-3 win.

The Bobcats would leave two on base in the top of the fifth and left the bases loaded in the top of the sixth without scratching out any more runs.

Avila scored their seven runs on ten hits and did not commit any errors. Peru State scored their three runs on seven hits and also did not have any errors.

Seven different Bobcats each had one hit – Austin Greenfield (Omaha), Hector Torres (Gurabo, Puerto Rico), Fernandez, Tingwald, Caballero, Luis Landaeta (Porlamar, Venezuela), and Jose Chacin (Machiques, Venezuela). Fernandez had a double while Caballero had the home run which accounted for all three runs batted in.

Daniel Castillo (Burrowsville, Columbia) threw the first 4.1 innings and allowed 10 hits, 7 runs – all earned, and struck out 4. Luis Pacheco (Miami, Fla.) tossed the final 1.2 innings and did not give up any hits while striking out 2.

Second Game Action

The Eagles scored one run in the bottom of the second to take an early 1-0 lead.

The Bobcats would explode for what would be more than enough runs in the top of the third inning as they would plate six. Joycer Raymondi (Berwyn, Ill.) started the inning with a single to right-center. Chacin hit a sacrifice bunt with Raymondi moving to second. Darrien Liriano (Orlando, Fla.) doubled to deep left to drive in Raymondi to tie the game. Torres singled to deep right-center with Liriano moving to third. Caballero doubled to deep center to bring home Liriano with Torres stopping at third. Fernandez had a sacrifice fly to deep right which scored Torres and moved Caballero to third. Tingwald stepped to the plate and hit a two-run home run over the center field fence on a 1-1 count to make it 5-1. Eddy Pimental (San Juan, Puerto Rico) singled to left and went to second when Landaeta singled to first. Raymondi reached on a fielder's choice with Pimental eventually scoring the sixth run of the inning.

Peru State would add a couple more runs in the top of the fourth inning. After another pitching change, Liriano singled to center. Liriano would move to second on a sac bunt by Torres. Caballero singled to center with Liriano stopping at third. Fernandez hit a sac fly to right to drive in Liriano. Tingwald slugged a double to deep right-center which drove in Caballero to put the score at 8-1.

The 'Cats would add four more runs in the top of the fifth inning. Raymondi started with a walk and was forced out on a fielder's choice at second with Chacin reaching first. Greenfield entered to run for Chacin. On a ground out, Greenfield went to second. Torres and Cabellero each reached on a walk to load the bases. Fernandez took the first pitch he got and hit a grand slam over the left field fence to put the score at 12-1.

Avila would eventually add one run in the bottom of the seventh, but it was not enough as the Bobcats won 12-2.

The Bobcats scored their 12 runs on 13 hits and committed two errors. Avila scored their two runs on four hits and had one miscue.

Tingwald went three for four with three RBI to lead the Bobcats. Liriano, Torres, and Caballero each had two hits. Fernandez led the team with six RBI.

Joshua Santiago (Carolina, Puerto Rico) threw a complete game for the win. Santiago allowed just four hits, two earned runs, and struck out seven.

Upcoming Contests

Peru State will be headed south to Plainview, Texas, for a four-game series on Valentine's Day and the following Saturday against Wayland Baptist. The Pioneers are 10-2 having split a four-game series with Peru State's Heart of America Athletic Conference opponent MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) this past weekend.

The following weekend, the 'Cats will be going to Bartlesville, Okla., to take on Oklahoma Wesleyan in a four-game match-up on Feb. 21 and 22. The Eagles have started the season with a 4-6 mark.