Jake Gervase’s sport of the future is football, but he’d like to leave the state baseball tournament as a champion this week.
Gervase will play football for the Iowa Hawkeyes. He’s also an all-state outfielder for Davenport Assumption.
He scored twice and threw out the potential tying run to end the game in Tuesday’s 8-7 win over Harlan in a Class 3-A state tournament quarterfinal at Principal Park in Des Moines.
Assumption led Harlan 8-5 before a rally cut the lead to 8-7 in the bottom of the seventh inning. Gervase rifled the ball from center field home, where catcher Zach Adrian tagged out a runner trying to score.
“It was a little close for comfort,” Gervase said. “I knew I had to get to the ball first and make a good throw. Our catcher, Zach, made a big play and put a good tag on him.”
Gervase was a Des Moines Sunday Register Elite all-state defensive back last fall. He intercepted eight passes and compiled nearly 2,000 yards of rushing and passing offense as well. He is a preferred walkon for the Hawkeyes.
“This is my last chance to represent my high school,” Gervase said. “I want to go out on top… We’ve got two more games to take care of and I’ll worry about football after that.”
Gervase, who played on last year’s state baseball runner-up squad, was a second-team all-stater in that sport last season. He’s batting more than .400 this season.
Assumption (24-15) will play Waverly-Shell Rock in a semifinal at noon Friday.
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