On Tuesday, the Rutherford baseball team continues their quest for a State Championship, as they face Mosley in the Regional Semifinals. The Rams are led by seven key seniors, and one of them, pitcher Heath Holmes, has been clutch on the mound for the Rams all season.
"Nobody can dig in on Heath,” said head coach Jon Hudson. He can throw a 1-0 curve ball, and a 2-0 change up and he never gives in. He's still got bullets left. He's a great guy to go out against a good fastball hitting team, he'll mix it up on them. There hasn't been many games where Heath hasn't gone out there and given us a solid effort."
That effort comes in the form as a starter and a closer for the Rams, as Heath is 4-1 on the year, sporting a 1.93 ERA, and it's that effort that the Rams know will be clutch as they look to advance further into the postseason.
"It's nice to be able to go in and be able to have confidence on the mound and hopefully we can end my Senior year on a good note and I'm excited to continue next week," said Heath.
"It's nice to have a guy that's not going to get overwhelmed by the situation,” said coach Hudson. “We're going to have some big crowds out here and we've played big games already in tournaments, and Heath's been able to come in whether he's starting or in relief and we know we can count on him to give us a solid performance."
That solid performance carried over to the classroom, where Heath sports a 3.8 GPA in Rutherford's IB Program.
"I try to do as good as I can both on the field and in the classroom, just to set an example for everybody else,” said Heath. “It's hard to juggle sometimes, but I have to get it done."
Getting it done is exactly what the Rams hope to do Tuesday night, as Rutherford's looks to advance to their first Regional Final since 1999, and when it comes to getting it done, look no further then Heath Holmes.
"He's a calming influence on everyone on the team,” said coach Hudson. “He's going to do his job, he's not going to cut corners, he's going to do the little things that most people don't like to do."
"It was kind of heartbreaking the first two years not going far in the postseason, but it's really good this year hoping we can go far," said Heath.
As far as Ft. Myers and the State Final Four. Heath says he’s still working on playing baseball at the next level, and says he wants to attend Gulf Coast State College where he’ll study to become an electrical engineer.