Wappingers Falls, NY---The #1 seeded ASA College baseball team completed a four-peat of Region XV championships on Friday, defeating #2 Monroe College in a two game sweep, 7-6 and 9-6. The Avengers have defeated the Mustangs three out of the last four years in the Region XV-Division I finals. The four-peat is the longest championship streak of any ASA sport.
The Avengers' ace and Region XV-Division Player of the Year, Placido Torres, would pitch eight solid innings of baseball allowing two runs in the eigth innning. He struck out ten. Torres would get help from the Avenger offense in the bottom of the seventh. ASA would break the 0-0 with four hits and sound base running.
Monroe would make things interesting in the top of the ninth by slowly chipping away and then taking the 6-5 lead going into the bottom of the ninth. ASA answered the call to force the game into extra innings with an Alex Echevarria single driving pitch-runner, Genaro Debrand, home.
The #1 seed ended the game in the next inning. Right fielder Kevin Victoriano would lead the inning off with a walk. He then advanced to second and stole third to be in scoring position with no outs. With one out, shortstop Gilberto Mendoza would hit a long fly ball to center field scoring Victoriano for the game-winning RBI.
After the first inning, Hector Perez would pitch seven plus innings of solid baseball for his seventh win of the season. He would strike out four and get the out when needed during his work. Perez would get some run support in the third inning where the Avengers would explode for five runs, putting much to rest of any Monroe comeback in the elimination game.
Kevin Victoriano and Junior Maldonado would both finish 2-4 with Maldonado scoring two of ASA's nine runs. Having already getting the win in the first game of the championship series, Willie Nunez would finish the ninth inning off for the save.
ASA will now await their seeding and opponent in the first round of the district championships. Stayed tuned as the Avengers continue their quest for their first NJCAA World Series appearance.