Roper’s arm, bat key Gorman win in Legion regional

Bishop Gorman baseball coach Nick Day is accustomed to Cody Roper doing a bit of everything.

It was more of the same Thursday as the Titans opened the American Legion Western Regional in Fairfield, Calif.

Roper struck out seven in 5 1/3 innings to get the victory and drove in three runs to lead Gorman past Tucson (Ariz.) 10-7 in the first round of the eight-team, double-elimination tournament.

Roper, who will be a senior right-hander at Gorman next season, allowed four runs — two earned — on two hits and four walks.

“He did a good job and kept their hitters off balance the first four innings, and it was enough for us to get a win,” Day said. “He’s been huge on the mound, our No. 1 guy all summer.”

The Titans started fast, scoring three runs in each of the first two innings to take a 6-0 lead. Roper’s two-run double capped the scoring in the first.

Though glad to open the tournament on the right foot, Day was disappointed to see his team commit four errors, leading to three unearned runs.

Johnny Sewald went 3-for-3 with three runs and two stolen bases for Gorman, and Erik Van Meetren and Kenny Meimerstorf added two hits each. Van Meetren and Tyler Baker had two RBIs each.

Gorman (43-8-1) will play at 3:30 p.m. today against League City (Texas). The tournament runs through Monday.

Day said the Titans will play the regional without their top hitter, infielder Joey Gallo, who accepted an invitation to play in the prestigious Area Code Games in Long Beach, Calif., beginning today.

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