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Spartan baseball season ends at regionals

Six awarded all-region

CENTERVILLE — Southwestern’s baseball season came to an end Friday when it fell in consecutive five-inning run-rule losses. The Spartans fell 10-0 to Iowa Western on Friday and then fell to Marshalltown 13-3 to end their season.

The Reivers collected 11 hits and seemingly found each available open space in the field.

“They kept finding holes and it was just one of those things that accumulates and they took advantage of the runners that they put on base.” Southwestern coach Pedro Hernandez said.

The Spartans were held hitless in the first four innings of the Marshalltown game, finally scoring three runs after singles by Gabriel Leon and Wladimir Figueroa started a short rally. A fielder’s choice off the bat of Kevin Torres moved the runners, and all three runs scored on errors on balls put in play by Jared Heman and Angel Morales.

Four errors by the Spartans against the Tigers, and three in an inning after the Spartans had pulled within three runs, ultimately did Southwestern in.

“We felt we were right back in it and then we commit three errors and they put five runs on the board,” Hernandez said.

Jhon Vargas took the loss on the mound and surrendered seven earned runs in two innings of work.

Southwestern finished the season 18-37 overall and 5-20 in Region 11 play.

Ian Torres, Pedro Nazario and Victor Perez were named second-team all-region by the coaches. Torres led the team in innings pitched, 56 and one-third, strikeouts, 44, and E.R.A. 4.47. Nazario led the Spartans with a .519 slugging percentage and six home runs. Victor Perez’s .367 batting average, 14 doubles and 33 RBIs all led the team.

Erick Espinoza, Stephan Soto and Gabriel Leon were awarded honorable mention. Espinoza led the team with his 41 walks, 45 runs eighth triples and .488 on base percentage. Soto batted .321 and hit four home runs.

Injuries were a nagging issue for the Spartans all season.

“It was one of those seasons where we battled a lot of adversity and battled a lot of injuries,” Hernandez said.

Southwestern bids farewell to 19 sophomores.

Moving on to play ball at other programs are Jhon Vargas at Alabama State, Sean Houston at Nebraska-Kearney, Rauvardo Torres and Kenneth Negron to Jackson State and Victor Perez at Shorter University in Rome, Georgia. Jake Duren, who would have been the team’s umber one catcher will continue to play at Central Missouri.

“We’ve got our hands full, but we’ve got a good crew and they did a lot of good,” Hernandez said. “ ... Hopefully next year we will be a step closer.”

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