The Blue Devil senior right-hander improved to 4-1 on the season, striking out 14 hitters and yielding no walks.
“He really pitched well. He didn’t walk anybody and his breaking ball was working really good [Tuesday]. He struck a lot out on that. He was just being real consistent,” Bremen coach Mark Clark said of Gerard’s performance.
Bremen (11-1-1, 7-0-1 Region 5-AA), which shot up to No. 4 in the most recent Class AA Prep Country.com/GACA Coaches Poll, got single runs in the second and fifth frames before busting the game open with a four-run sixth and then tacking on another run in the seventh.
Offensively, Colby Houser went 2-for-4 with three runs scored and an RBI, while Dylan Nappi (2-for-4) and Jonah Stephens (2-for-5, 2B) also had multiple-hit efforts.
Bremen returns home on Friday for a 4 p.m. region doubleheader against Kendrick, where the Blue Devils will look to remain unbeaten in 5-AA action.
“We’re just glad we’re winning. We’re excited. The guys are playing real good defense, they didn’t make any errors [Tuesday]. We’ve just got to stay consistent and keep playing well,” Clark said.
In other prep baseball action from Tuesday:
Chapel Hill 6, Central 3: In a make-up of Monday’s rainout, the Lions (4-7, 1-2 Region 4-AAA) suffered their second region loss of the young season to the Panthers.
No. 6 Chapel Hill (9-3, 3-0 Region 4-AAA) pushed three runs across in the first inning to grab the early lead before Central countered with single runs in each of the first three innings to knot the game up at 3-all. The Lions got a Spencer Lewis double and an RBI groundout from Wesley Long in the first, an Avery Gaines double and an RBI single by Ryan Helton in the second and a Lewis single and an RBI base knock from Gaines in the third.
Chapel Hill plated three runs in the fifth to retake the lead for good, out-hitting Central, 12-7. Gaines (3-for-3, run, RBI) led Central offensively, with Lewis and Helton also having multiple-hit efforts.
Central returns to action today when it hits the road for a 5:30 p.m. region contest at B.E.S.T. Academy in Atlanta.
Hiram 5, Villa Rica 3: The Wildcats (8-3, 3-2 Region 5-AAAAA) proved to be tough-luck losers in a tight region road game, where they only gave up four hits, but three errors in the field led to three unearned runs.
Zach Dutton got the start and worked five innings, allowing five runs — two earned — on four hits with two walks and six strikeouts before giving way to Wade Bailey, who tossed a shutout sixth inning.
Offensively, Mikey Palagano and Lance Agan had two hits apiece.
Carrollton Junior High 7, Bremen 4: The Trojans (8-0) were led offensively by Zach Shockley and Sam Barge, who each had two hits and two RBI, while Josh McLaughlin picked up the win on the hill. Shockley closed out the game to earn the save.
The Carrollton High School gymnastics squad won a dual meet at Pace Academy on Tuesday, finishing with a score of 106, with the host school posting 90.7.
Katie Beth Carter captured first in the All-Around with a 36.55, while Jennifer Brandenburg (35.55) was second and Taylor Griffin (33.5) finished third. Carter won the vault, bars and floor and Brandenburg took first on the beam.
In junior-varsity action, Sydney Wagner and Anna-Marie Britton tied for first on the floor, with Emily Carlson taking second and Alexis North coming in third.
Carrollton returns to action in a quad meet at Lovett on Thursday.
Bremen girls 4, Northgate 1: The Lady Blue Devils (6-1) got wins in singles action from No. 2 Charli Allen (6-3, 6-2) and No. 3 Emily Cheshier (6-4, 6-3), while the pairings of No. 1 Wrenn Parrish/Charlotte Williams (6-1, 6-5) and No. 2 Alexis Nappi/Elizabeth Knott (6-2, 6-1) both swept. In an exhibition match, Kelli Coats/Natalie Noles (8-0) were also victorious.
Bremen girls 5, Mt. Zion 1: The Lady Eagles got their goal from Jessica Green.
Bremen boys 4, Mt. Zion 3: Yobel Zuniga scored a pair of goals for MZ, with Jacob Freund tallying one for the Eagles.