Gomez honored by hometown, signs pro contract

Norwalk, Calif., honors Cumberland lefty
Jul 18, 2014
Former Cumberland pitcher Anthony Gomez holds the Community Spotlight Award presented by his hometown, Norwalk, Calif., honoring him for his achievements in helping the Bulldogs win the NAIA national championship.

NORWALK, Calif. — Former Cumberland University pitcher Anthony Gomez was recently honored by his hometown of Norwalk, Calif., with a Community Spotlight award.

He also recently signed a professional contract with the Schaumburg [IL] Boomers in the independent Frontier League.

The City of Norwalk honored Gomez, “For outstanding athletic achievement as a starting pitcher for the Cumberland University baseball team, culminating with a shutout victory to win the NAIA College Baseball World Series. We proudly commend your accomplishment and wish you continued success.”

The left-hander was outstanding in his two appearances in the NAIA World Series, tossing a pair of complete games while allowing just one unearned run on 12 hits in 18 innings. He pitched a six-hit shutout in the national championship game, a 3-0 versus over Lewis-Clark State, and struck out 12 in his two outings. Opponents batted just .185 against the Norwalk native.

Gomez finished the season 7-4 with a 2.28 earned-run-average, working 118.0 innings in 19 appearances with 113 strikeouts. He was an honorable mention All-America selection as a junior after posting an 11-1 mark and a 1.16 ERA in 93.0 innings, with opponents batting just .195 against him. He was due to report to Schaumburg this week.

He is the second Norwalkian to figure prominently in a Cumberland national championship. Eddie Ortega pitched a complete game in the 2004 title game, a 10-3 triumph over Oklahoma City.

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