This week’s featured athlete is Mario Rivera, a senior middle infielder for the Central Christian College baseball team. Mario transferred to CCC in the fall of 2015 from Prince George’s Community College in Largo Maryland. He played two seasons for the Owls and was named Student Athlete of the Year.
Last season, his first for the Tigers, Rivera hit .228 in 57 at bats. He had 13 hits including one double. This year he has seen his roles on the team increase. In the Tigers’ 8 games this season, he is hitting .400 with 8 hits in 20 at bats, and when he has been on base, he has been a nightmare on the base paths for opposing pitchers.
In the opening series against SAGU he stole 14 bases in 15 attempts. That pace has slowed down considerably in the last week, but he still leads the nation in total stolen bases and total stolen base attempts. He has only had one stolen base in the last four games largely due to the extra scrutiny he is drawing from the opposition’s pitching staff.
When he is not playing baseball, Mario likes to play other sports and watch TV.