Norco High product Toby Gerhart is off to a good start at the College Baseball World Series at Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha.
Gerhart and the Stanford Cardinal opened play with a 16-5 win over Florida State Saturday afternoon. He went 3-4 with a home run and scored three runs.
The game was not as easy as the scored indicates. It was tied 5-all heading into the ninth when Stanford erupted for 11 runs in the top of the ninth. Gerhart hit twice in the inning, singling his first time up and walking what seemed like an hour later.
The inning could have been even bigger if one can believe that. After Gerhart singled and to put runners on first and second with no outs, the next Cardinal lined a ball down the rightfield line that kicked up chalk, only to be ruled foul by the umpire.
Maybe it was poetic justice. But FSU shortstop Tony Delmonica, who was drafted by the Dodgers, booted what should have been a double play ball seconds later. He had another error later in the inning to compound the problem for the Seminoles.
Hopefully the locals will keep up the good work today as Etiwanda graduate Matt Clark and the LSU Tigers play today – as does Don Lugo product Erik Wetzel and the Fresno State Bulldogs.