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Goddard wins two in Invitational

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Goddard pitcher Drew Price helped himself at bat against Cibola in this file photo from earlier in the season. On Friday night Price went seven strong innings and knocked in three RBIs to defeat Alamogordo Friday, 12-2 at the Launch Pad. (Shawn Naranjo Photo)

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There’s one thing about Goddard’s baseball, it’s like Tax Day, you know it’s coming, it’s just a matter of when and where you’re going to file. Goddard doesn’t seem to start to get their mojo going until they fall behind. Being behind seems like a prerequisite for winning. With this team, it’s not just one person that does damage with their bat or makes a defensive web gem to win a game, it’s the entire roster contributing.

On Tuesday, the Rockets fell behind 5-0 to Carlsbad before coming back to win.

“It was a good win by the boys all-around against Carlsbad,” Goddard coach Gilbert Alvarado said. “We were down 5 to nothing after the first two innings. Our boys only put one up in the fourth, so it was 5-1. What I like about that game was when you see kids start to by in. We had a couple of balls bounce our ways, and we need some luck in a long season. We had a call go our way that helped blow up our inning. Tyler Hardwick pitched lights out for us.”

In the first game of a back-to-back doubleheader, Goddard made two miscues allowing Miyamura to score two runs in the top of the third inning, before they came back to score three runs in the bottom of the third to win the game, 8-2.

“We started off with three miscues,” Alvarado stated. “We kind of had a call not go our way. I told the boys, ‘whether the play goes our way or not, that’s the baseball gods punishing you for three miscues.’ Once again, Hardwick kept us in the game, and he kept hanging zeroes and giving us a chance.”

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In the second game of the doubleheader against Alamogordo, Goddard scored one run in the first inning when Noah Nunez got a base hit to left-field. Nunez blooped the ball right behind second base, neither the second-baseman nor the right-fielder could get to it. Nunez was running hard all the way and stretched a single into a double. With the next hitter up, he stole third base and scored on a Drew Price base hit to right-field to give them a 1-0 lead at the end of the first inning.

Rocket pitcher Price had one of those days where the ball made that whistling sound as it left his hand. He was on cruise control until the fourth inning when it seemed like the umpire changed his mind on whether it was a strike or a ball for the same pitches.

“They’re a tough group of boys,” Alvarado said. “I have never been around a group of boys like this, never get down on themselves ever. Even when someone comes and strikes out, they don’t go into the dugout and mope, they tell each other what they got out on and what to look out for. They pick each other up and if someone gets a hit, he’s the happiest guy in the dugout. It’s amazing to see, and I hope we can keep it rolling.”

Price walked Alamogordo’s Dylan McGinn on a full count. Next up was Evan Best; he singled up the middle on the second-base side of the base. The Tiger’s sent Isaiah Salazar up to the plate and on a 1-2, count lined a double to left field scoring McGinn from second base. Senior Jason Lightfoot grounded out to second base scoring as Salazar scored from third base to give the Tiger’s a 2-1 lead.

“I wasn’t nervous,” Drew Price said. “I was getting a little squeezed and when that happens it’s just baseball, and you have to live with it. Coach Alvarado told me to do it for the team.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, Ty Villareal lined the first pitch to left field. Eli Fairbanks laid down a sacrifice bunt down third base, as the third baseman made the throw to first base, he did not get back to cover third base. Villareal saw this and kept running and was safe at third base. Logan Mathison singles as the Rockets had runners on first and third with one out.

“When we got the inning going,” Eli Fairbanks said, “we had the momentum on our side, we wanted to stay up as much as we could. We wanted to tack as many runs on them as much as we could. We’re a good hitting team, and we know what we’re doing. Every day is a challenge, and we just keep working at it.”

Tyler Hardwick was hit by a pitch. Next up, Tanner Conrad hit a smash to Alamogordo’s first baseman, the ball to a hop on him, and he could not field it cleanly as all the base runners were safe, loading the bases. Nunez was up next, and he was hit by a pitch to walk in a run to tie the game at 2-2.

“I was a little disappointed with the first four innings,” Alvarado said. “We left them (Alamogordo) off the hook in the first inning; we left a couple of runners on base. The boys, they look tired on me, it’s the first time I have seen them look tired. It’s a warm day. They were out here all day yesterday helping with the tournament and today. We’re not going to make excuses for them, they (Goddard) have to come back to play.”

From that point, Goddard batted around twice and scored eight runs in the inning to retake the lead at 9-2. Alamogordo would use four pitchers in the game to try to slow down the Rockets as they would win a mercy rule game in the bottom of the sixth, 12-2 to take the doubleheader.

Goddard plays at 7 p.m. today at the Launch Pad against the winner of Clovis/Faith Christian.