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Jim Ecker, President & Editor

Mustangs still ticking at Heart


OZARK, Mo. - The Mount Mercy baseball team won both of its elimination  games at the Heart of America Conference tournament Saturday to reach  the Final 4 of the postseason event.

The Mustangs (28-22) will face 17th-ranked Central Methodist (34-13)  in another elimination game Sunday at 4:30 p.m. at US Baseball Park.

Mount Mercy blasted Peru State, 14-2, Saturday in the completion of a  game that was suspended by rain Friday. The Mustangs then clipped  MidAmerica Nazarene, 11-8, to keep their tournament hopes alive again.

Mount Mercy center fielder Evan Jackson went 5-for-10 in the two  elimination games with three runs and seven RBIs.

Jackson was 2-for-4 with two runs and three RBIs in the 14-2 victory  over Peru State. Kobi Candaroma drove in three runs for the Mustangs.  Chili Moseley was 2-for-4 and scored three times. Nick Sueppel also  scored three runs and collected two RBIs. Owen Oreskovich was 2-for-4  with two RBIs. Manny Olutunde scored twice.

Jake Faur (4-2) allowed two runs in 6 1/3 innings for the victory  against Peru State.

Jackson went 3-for-6 with four RBIs in the 11-8 victory over  MidAmerica Nazarene. Corbin Day was 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Tito  Berdecia was 3-for-5. Moseley and Olutunde scored three times.  Candaroma and Collin Shrader scored twice.

Travis Bowman (1-0) picked up the victory in relief. Matt Trouten  allowed only one run in 4 1/3 innings in relief and got a long save.

Baker and Clarke will meet in the winners bracket final Sunday at 1  p.m., followed by Mount Mercy against Central Methodist in the  elimination game at 4:30 p.m.

Central Methodist trimmed Mount Mercy, 5-4, in 10 innings in the  quarterfinals on Thursday.


Peru State      010 000 100 - 2 7 3
Mount Mercy     000 230 27x - 14 10 1

Faur, Willenborg (7), Donohue (9) and Day. W - Faur (4-2). 2B -  Candaroma. SB - Shrader, Olutunde, Jackson. SH - Jackson.


Mount Mercy            200 430 200 - 11 12 2
MidAmerica Nazarene    001 600 010 - 8 12 1

Hargens, Barnes (4), Bowman (4), Trouten (5) and Day. W - Bowman  (1-0). S - Trouten. 2B - Berdecia, Jackson. SB - Moseley, Olutunde. SF  - Faur.


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