Aug. 24, 2012
NEW ORLEANS - When you look at a players biography you usually look to see what awards they have won and when glancing at Emerson Gibbs bio you will find a multitude of honors, including the George Rulon Player of the Year award that is handed out by American Legion Baseball.
The honor came on the heels of his team - Retif Oil - winning the 2012 American Legion World Series title at Keeter Stadium in Shelby, N.C. It was the first title for New Orleans Post 125 in 52 years - winning it last in 1960 - and Gibbs was on the mound to close out a complete game at 1:30 a.m. The start of the game versus Brooklawn (N.J.) was delayed due to inclement weather.
Gibbs, an incoming freshman for the Tulane baseball team, has been a polarizing figure on the New Orleans prep scene since leading Jesuit High School back to the 5A state title in 2011. Gibbs has been on the mound for some big victories, as well, claiming the victory in semifinals of the 2011 5A tournament before earning the save in the championship game.
Gibbs dominated the Brooklawn lineup in his second start of the World Series as he scattered three hits over nine innings. He didn't walk a batter and struck out four batters on 106 pitches. The right-hander allowed three singles - one in the fifth inning and two in the seventh inning - and only one base runner reached third base safely in the contest.
During the two-week stretch of the regional and World Series games he appeared in five games with four starts. Gibbs posted the opening victory of both rounds and threw complete games in each of the clinching games of the regional and World Series rounds. Overall, he limited the opposition to a .141 batting average, owned a 1.66 ERA in 38 innings of work and struck out 26 batter to just two walks.
On top of the George Rulon Player of the Year award, Gibbs was also named to the All-Tournament team and garnered the Bob Feller Pitching Award.
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