Earlier today, over 5,600 miles away, Robert Smith became the first ever Herts player to appear in the U18 World Cup.
He took the mound in relief in the third inning for South Africa against Panama, who already had an unassailable lead. Below is the video link to the game.
Smith allowed only 3 earned runs for the remainder of the game which gives him the third best ERA out of the eight South African pitchers who have pitched so far.
South Africa is ranked 23rd in the world and has been drawn in a particularly difficult group with the number one and two seeds, Japan and USA, respectively. They will play Spain next tomorrow Monday, 2 September, at 15:30 local time. The games are played at the impressive newly-unveiled Gijang-Hyundai Dream Ballpark in Busan, South Korea.