A Harnett Central grad recently drafted by the New York Mets helped capture this year's Florida State League championship on Tuesday.
A Harnett Central baseball alum recently drafted by the New York Mets helped capture this year's Florida State League (FSL) championship in Port St. Lucie on Tuesday.
Paul Gervase threw the final 3 1/3 innings to preserve the St. Lucie Mets' late lead and earn a 6-3 victory over the Dunedin Blue Jays.
With the first two runners on base in the seventh and ninth innings, Gervase was able to work out of trouble both times. He got Estiven Machado to line into a game-ending double play, signaling a two-game sweep that resulted in the organization's first FSL championship since 2006.
A 2018 Central grad, Gervase was drafted by the Mets on July 19, following a one-year stint at Louisiana State University.
At LSU this past spring, the 6-10, 230-pound prospect thrived as the Tigers' closer. He led them with a 1.85 ERA and six saves, boasted a 4-1 record and piled on 52 strikeouts while giving up just eight earned runs through 39 innings of work.
The Mets concluded FSL regular-season play with a league-best 73-56 mark and went a perfect 4-0 in the playoffs.