April 28, 2011
In October, Trevor Gretzky -- the son of Wayne Gretzky -- committed to play baseball at San Diego State rather than continue his pursuit of a Division I college football scholarship. At the time, some tied the decision to Gretzky's season-starting struggles behind center at Oaks Christian (Calif.) High, while others were convinced that he had a much higher ceiling in baseball.
If it's possible for one side of such over-analysis to be proven correct in a single game, it happened on April 21, when the Great Son went 5 for 5, hit for the cycle and drove in an incredible 9 RBIs in a game against O'Gorman (S.D.) High at the Bishop Gorman baseball tournament in Las Vegas.
Evidently the kid can hit.
Granted, the matchup in question was a one-sided rout, with Oaks Christian earning a 22-3 win. Still, Gretzky provided nearly half of those runs with his school-record RBI exploits at the plate, and only one of his teammates had as many as three hits.
Naturally, one game does not a career make (usually, at least). Still, it's almost impossible not to see the younger Gretzky's big game as a validation of sorts for his selection of future athletic pursuits. After all, he was never going to play hockey.
And Trevor Gretzky still has plenty more opportunities to prove he belongs in college baseball, and beyond. Oaks Christian is currently 19-4, with two home-and-away series to come -- against Carpinteria (Calif.) High and St. Bonaventure (Calif.) High, respectively -- before it starts the playoffs.
That sound you hear? It's San Diego State baseball coach Tony Gwynn Sr. clapping from afar, excited that he may have a star arriving in the fall.