PERU – Peru State baseball players Bryan Ventura Castro (Carolina, Puerto Rico) and Eddy Tavarez Cabrera (San Cristobal, Dominican Republic) were recently named to the Heart of America Athletic Conference (Heart) All-Conference Baseball First Team.
Ventura Castro, a senior outfielder, and Tavarez Cabrera, a junior pitcher, were two of the seventeen named to the conference’s first unit.
In addition, junior catcher Eric Ocasio (San Juan, Puerto Rico) was named the Heart’s second team while senior outfielder Gianfranco Garlobo(Carolina, Puerto Rico) earned honorable mention recognition.
Last year Ventura Castro was the Heart’s second team while Garlobo was on the honorable mention list.
Ventura Castro was among the Heart’s top in numerous categories. The following are his Top 20 rankings in the conference through all current games played (NOTE: could change as two Heart teams are playing in the national tournament): tied for first in total triples (8), second in hits per game (1.46), second in runs batted in per game (1.14), second in triples per game (0.16), third in batting average (.406), third in total runs batted in (57), fourth in total hits (73), fourth in total bases per game (2.34), fifth in runs scored per game (0.96), fifth in total bases (117), fifth in stolen bases per game (0.46), sixth in slugging percentage (.650), sixth in runs scored (48), sixth in stolen bases (23), seventh in steal attempts per game (0.50), seventh in total steal attempts (25), seventh in at bats per game (3.60), ninth in total at bats (180), ninth in on base percentage (.458), tied for 15th in total home runs (6), and 18th in home runs per game (0.12).
Tavarez Cabrera had a good season statistically and finished in the following Top 20 among conference players: first in opponent batting average (.166), second in earned run average (2.17), second in batters struck out per game (12.99), first in total batters struck out (102), first in hits allowed per game (5.35), tied for second in hits allowed (42), tied for second in total earned runs allowed (17), third in runs allowed (25), tied for fifth in total wins (8), and 16th in innings pitched (70.2).
Ocasio had the following Heart rankings: second in chances per game (7.80), second in total chances (382), second in total putouts (331), fourth in putouts per game (6.76), fourth in runs batted in per game (1.10), fourth in total runs batted in (54), fifth in on base percentage (0.471), ninth in home runs per game (0.16), tenth in slugging percentage (.605), tied for tenth in total doubles (12), tied for tenth in total home runs (8), 12th in total bases per game (1.88), 12th in total bases (92), tied for 14th in total hits (54), and tied for 14th in doubles per game (0.24).
The two-time honorable mention selection, Garlobo, also had numerous Top 20 conference rankings which included: fourth in runs scored per game (1.00), fifth in total runs scored (49), seventh in total hits (60), seventh in stolen bases per game (0.45), seventh in total stolen bases (22), eighth in steal attempts per game (0.47), tied for eighth in total triples (3), ninth in runs batted in per game (0.80), tied for tenth in total runs batted in (39), tied for tenth in total steal attempts (23), 11th in hits per game (1.22), 17th in batting average (.361), tied for 15th in total doubles (11), 16thin at bats per game (3.39), tied for 17th in triples per game (0.06), 19th in doubles per game (0.22), 19th in total bases per game (1.69), tied for 19thin total bases (83), 19th in on base percentage (.436), and20th in total at bats (166).
Nationally in the NAIA, Ventura Castro is presently second in total triples, fourth in triples per game, 31st in runs batted in per game, 34th in total runs batted in, 44th in hits per game, 45th in total stolen bases, 49th in total hits, and 50th in stolen bases per game.
Tavarez Cabrera also is ranked in several NAIA Top 50 stats including: third in opponent batting average, fourth in hits allowed per nine, seventh in total hits allowed, 18th in total earned runs allowed, 19th in earned run average, and 31st in total runs allowed.
Currently, Ocasio is listed in the NAIA rankings as 27th in chances per game, 29th in total chances, 42nd in runs batted in per game, 43rd in total putout, and 47th in total runs batted in.
The Bobcats finished their 2018 season with a 30-20 record.