The dynamic duo of sophomore Troy Johnston and senior Gage Gervacio came up big for the Rogers Rams against the Graham-Kapowsin Eagles.
Johnston had a RBI sacrifice fly to right field and Gervacio singled up the middle to score two more runs to give the Rams a 5-2 lead in the top of the seventh. Rogers tacked on another run in the seventh on a base on balls. Graham-Kapowsin was able to score one run in the bottom of the seventh, but it wasn’t enough as Rogers (6-11) secured a 6-3 victory against the Eagles on April 22 at Heritage Park in Puyallup.
Graham-Kapowsin had an early 2-0 lead. The Rams scored three runs off Eagles ace CJ Blowers and three runs off reliever Keegan Lonyo. Rogers pitcher Travis Blough pitched 4 2/3 innings and reliever Niko Roberts pitched the final 2 1/3 innings. In the bottom of the fifth, Roberts came in with the bases loaded and struck out a Graham-Kapowsin batter.
“Our guys battled and clawed. They stayed in the game the entire time. Our senior Gage (Gervacio) came up with a clutch two-RBI single and we just kept going,” Rams’ head coach Matt Whitehead said. “Our guys found a way to get on base and make it happen. It was big. We were relentless and we didn’t stop.”
Gervacio said he wanted to do everything he could to extend the lead after Johnston’s RBI sacrifice fly gave the Rams a 3-2 advantage.
“I knew I had to calm myself at the plate because I didn’t want to be too aggressive and make a bad decision on a swing. I just had to clear my head and come up and do what I do,” Gervacio said. “My teammates got on base; I just knew I had to hit them in. It was a big win for us today.”
Although the Rams overall record is 6-11, they are still alive for a playoff berth with a record of 5-6 in South Puget Sound League action.
“We are in a position right now to still be in control of our own destiny. We have to continue winning. It’s a good momentum builder,” Whitehead said.