Mount Mercy would add one in the top of the ninth, but it was not enough as Peru State prevailed 10-4.
The ‘Cats scored their ten runs on 12 hits and committed one error. The Mustangs scored their four runs on seven hits and had one error.
Cendejas went three for four to lead Peru State while Landaeta, Caballero, and Tingwald each had two hits. Tingwald was credited with three RBI while Landaeta and Caballero each added two.
Steven Ortiz (Yonkers, N.Y.) through a complete game for the win. Ortiz allowed seven hits, four earned runs, and struck out six.
MOUNT MERCY GAME BOOK
The two teams are meeting on Saturday with the first game beginning at noon. With a Peru State win, the Bobcats would win the series. If Mount Mercy takes the first game, it would force a second game on Saturday which would take place approximately 30 minutes following the first game.
The winner of the series will receive an automatic berth in to the Heart Post-Season Tournament which will begin next Thursday in Ozarks, Mo. The loser will have to wait to see if they make it which will be based on how the Culver-Stockton (Mo.)/William Penn (Iowa) series goes.
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