He didn't raise his arms. He didn't pump his fist. He didn't even smile.
In fact, about the only emotion Gus Gaviglio did show after striking out Patrick Stauffer to clinch Ashland High's first playoff win in three years was a cross between annoyance and relief.
His teammates were equally nonchalant following Tuesday's 5-3 win over Roosevelt. Apparently, the Grizzlies have bigger plans.
"The boys have a vision and I believe they're going to go a long way," Ashland head coach Don Senestraro said. "We're not just along for the ride. We're going to try to win this thing."
Gaviglio struck out 10 Roughriders and escaped a bases-loaded, nobody out jam in the sixth inning as the Grizzlies (17-10) advanced to the OSAA Class 5A state quarterfinals at Roosevelt High.
Ashland, which won its eighth game in a row, hosts fifth-ranked Corvallis on Friday. A win there would give the Grizzlies the first semifinal berth in program history.
Still, Ashland left the field unsatisfied.
"I just kind of think that we expected it and today, and I think most of us feel like we didn't play our best," said Gaviglio (7-3), who threw his sixth complete-game of the season. "I think we could have scored 10 runs and for me, I didn't feel like I was on today like I had been in the past, but found a way to win. It's a stepping stone for us because we haven't been in the playoffs for a while and I know a lot of guys were nervous during warm ups and it may have affected them."
Roosevelt took a 1-0 lead in the second when Justin Wilmoth led off with a double and scored on Owen Baldrica's throwing error.
Ashland came right back, scoring three runs on three singles in the third, including back-to-back run-scoring hits by Justin Meza and Gaviglio. Meza went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and Gaviglio went 2-for-4 with one RBI, as the top five batters in Ashland's lineup blistered Roosevelt at the plate, going 9-for-17.
The Grizzlies added two more runs on five hits in the fourth but missed a chance to bury the Roughriders (14-11) when Hayden Miller grounded out to third with the bases loaded.
Roosevelt finally rattled Gaviglio in the sixth. Leadoff batter Patrick Stauffer singled and Gaviglio hit the next two batters then walked Wilmoth to bring the go-ahead run to the plate.
— — Charlie Sebrell connects in the second inning.
Gaviglio then got Danny Fuhrer to fly out to right before striking out the next two batters to end the threat.
"The boys had been hitting the ball all year, but they didn't do it today," Roosevelt coach Greg Schwartz said. "(Gavigio) kept us off balance all day."
To Senestraro, the clutch finish was just another example of his team's maturity.
"Last year we would have fallen apart," Senestraro said. "We would have made an error, something would have happened and the wheels would have fallen off. This year, they nailed it down, they met together, they were going to get this done and they took care of business."
The Grizzlies also got solid performances at the plate out of Tysin Senestraro (2-for-3, two runs) and Charlie Sebrell (2-for-3, — run).
Wilmoth started on the mound for Roosevelt and surrendered 11 hits and all five earned runs before Chris Teuscher took over in the sixth. Wilmoth used his change-up effectively, but struggled to finish off batters and ended up with two walks and no strikeouts.
Now, Ashland braces for the Spartans(21-6), who advanced behind an 8-5 win over Madras.
"It feels good, but we still haven't done anything," Meza said. "We're just taking care of business. This was like a business trip for us. We're all mentally ready."
Ashland — 003 200 0 — - — 5 13 1
Roosevelt — 010 002 0 — - — — 4 1
G. Gaviglio and L. Sebrell; Wilmoth, Teuscher (6) and Schwartz.
G. Gaviglio (7-3). L &
R: Wilmoth. Multiple hitters &
A: Meza (3-4), Senestraro (2-3), Gordon (2-3), Gaviglio (2-3) and C. Sebrell (2-3).
Grizzlies buck Roughriders