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Baseball: Reavis falls short vs. Simeon

Updated: May 29, 2014 10:00PM



In the No. 9 spot in Simeon’s batting order, Ralphe Gross could be the forgotten man for the Wolverines.

He’s not having any of it.

Making a huge play in outfield and knocking in the go-ahead runs, Gross was all over it Thursday as Simeon was a 6-4 winner over Reavis in a Class 4A St. Laurence Regional semifinal.

“The preparation started (Wednesday night), and we talked as a team about going hard,” Gross said. “I always want to be a big-time player and come through with big-time plays. That showed up.”

Simeon (14-7) will play St. Laurence at 11 a.m. Saturday for the regional title. Reavis closes at 17-18.

From right field and at the plate, Gross was everywhere for the Wolverines.

In a 2-2 game in the fourth, Gross stepped to the plate with the bases loaded. Not trying to do too much, he slapped a hard-hit single down the first-base line to bring two runners around, putting Simeon up for good.

“I saw curveballs inside the first two pitches,” Gross said. “Then with a fastball inside, I was able to hit it down the first-base line.”

With Reavis threatening in the first inning, Gross charged in on Jose Romero’s single to right, fielded the ball cleanly and came up firing. His one-hop throw was right on target to catcher Tyler Gordon, who tagged out Jake Aguilar at the plate.

“The coaches always tell me ‘Charge through the ball,’ ” Gross said. “I try to do the same thing every time.”

In the top of the sixth, Jamary McKinney headed to the mound in relief, pitching around a two-out walk to preserve the win. McKinney was involved in a nasty collision at first in the top of the sixth.

“My wrist, I think I sprained it, but I fought through it,” McKinney said. “I had to for the team. I was trying to block it all out (in the seventh).”

Dion Earls and Jalin McMillan each had RBI for Simeon. Lorenzo Elion (run) and Darius Day had three hits apiece.

Reavis, which entered in on a nine-game winning streak, stranded 11 runners. Joe O’Hara, Aguilar and Jorge Hernandez all had RBI apiece for the Rams. Matt Kopp walked three times and scored a run.

“Our M.O. is that we haven’t hit all year,” Reavis coach Don Erickson said. “We were winning a lot of 2-1, 3-2 games with our streak. We hung around, and Simeon gave us chances. We just didn’t get that last big (hit).”



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