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Shanor and Stevenson power Goddard in win

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Goddard senior Matt Shanor pitched five scoreless innings in his first career start. The Rockets would go on to win 8-0, at the Launch Pad Friday. (Shawn Naranjo Photo)

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New season, new coach and a few new players, but it’s the same-old Goddard and results. Winning. First-year starting pitcher Matt Shanor took the bump in the second game of the season against the Taos Tigers and shut them down for five strong innings in his first start of the season. He wasn’t the only one to shine during their homestand. Cameron Stevenson hit a blast over the leftfield wall to ensure an 8-0 win in the Southwest Baseball Classic at the Launch Pad Friday.

“In the first two games we’ve done really well so far,” Goddard coach Gilbert Alvarado said. “The boys have swung it well as a group and our pitching has been outstanding. Matt (Shanor) pitched great for us today. Tyler Hardwick pitched well for us yesterday. I can hear my team talking about winning innings.”

In the first inning with two outs was when Goddard did their damage. Stevenson hit a smash over third base for a base hit. On the next pitch while Drew Price was up Tigers’ pitcher Jalen Montano threw a wild pitch to the backstop as Stevenson advanced to second base.

Price walked putting runners on first and second with one out. Rockets’ Ty Villareal came up to hit a line drive up the middle to score Stevenson. Price ended up on third base; on the next pitch, Montano was called for a balk scoring Price to make the score, 2-0, to end the inning.

Shanor pitched well in his first outing of the season. He seemed to control the strike zone moving his pitches inside and nibbling on the corners of the plate. He nursed a two-run lead, as the Tigers seemed to mount an attack in the fourth inning when he walked Montano.

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Taos’ Jordan Cisneros singled as Goddard’s second baseman moved toward his left between first and second base, came up with the ball but could not make a play. Shanor threw a fastball to Taos’ next hitter Nick Fresquez. Fresquez grounded out to shortstop.

On three straight pitches, Shanor got Tigers’ hitter Braddon Martinez to strike out. That was the only time Shanor was in trouble. Shanor’s stat line was impressive. He made 68 pitches. One base on balls, one hit-by-pitch. He gave up two hits and struck out five hitters.

“I felt good coming out of the pen in the first inning,” Shanor said. “I settled in a little. I got a runner on base because I hit him. A few nerves came back up because he’s on, but my defense gave me a lot of support and that helps me get through.”

In the fifth inning, Noah Nunez singled to right field and stole second and third base. Stevenson came up and hit a fastball into downtown Roswell for a two-run homer to give the Rockets a 4-0 lead. Goddard would go on to tack on four more runs in the sixth inning to win 8-0.

“It was a fastball,” Stevenson said. “I was really relaxed, and I was focused on going the other way. I hadn’t been doing very good in my previous at-bats. I was popping balls up, so I was looking for a pitch to drive the other way, and the pitcher threw it in the wrong place at the wrong time.”