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Goddard destroys Belen

J.T. Keith Photo Goddard's Ty Villareal dives back into first base in the second inning. Goddard scored 10-runs in the second inning and cruised to a 14-3 win Friday.

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It happened, and other teams can think Miyamura for waking up the sleeping giant. It has been a while since the Goddard Rockets exploded like they did on Friday in the biggest stage of all; the 5A semifinals. What Goddard did to the Belen Eagles wasn’t just sports or business, the Rockets made it personal, turning this game into nothing more than batting practice and an intrasquad game.

Goddard used ace pitcher Drew Price, and Cameron Stevenson hit his sixth homer into the deepest part of the field on his future home field to put the game out of reach as the Rockets won 14-3 Friday at Santa Ana Star Field.

“My mindset was to throw strikes,” Price said. “My team backed me up and got me up early and we got the win.”

In the second inning, Ty Villareal singled up the middle through shortstop to lead off the inning. Eli Fairbanks was hit by a pitch and Mason Sonive executed a bunt for a base hit to load the bases. Logan Mathison singled up the middle scoring Villareal, Noah Nunez hit a rope to center field scoring two runs to give the Rockets a 3-0 lead.

“In the second inning,” Goddard coach Gilbert Alvarado said, “we strung together a lot of good at-bats together. I didn’t have to put a lot of things on. Mason (Sonive) got a good bunt down with two people on base that really got things going for us. You never know what’s going to get something to snowball. Man, it was a great job. Logan (Mathison) has been putting the barrel of the bat on the ball all year long without much to show for it. He got a couple of base hits with the bases loaded that kept the party rolling.”

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Matt Shanor struck out as the catcher dropped the ball, Shanor raced to first base beating the throw to keep the bases loaded. Stevenson was hit by a pitch to bring in another run and keep the bases loaded making it, 4-0.

Price hit a double to the base of the center field wall 413 feet, as Goddard scored three runs to take a 7-0 lead. Price ended up on third base. After that hit, Belen changed pitchers bringing in Thomas Wisneski. Wisneski gave up a double to Eli Fairbanks down the right field line scoring another run as they led, 8-0. Tyler Hardwick hit a pop fly ball down the right-field line scolding another two runs as Goddard led 10-0.

The second inning lasted an hour as Goddard batted around twice, and Belen changed pitchers twice.

In the third inning, Stevenson is starting to get hot at the right time, he led off the inning with a triple and scored when Villareal hit a sacrifice fly to center field giving them 11-0. Fairbanks drove in another run giving them a 12-0 lead.

In the fourth inning, Stevenson hit a two-run bomb to left center field giving them a 14-2 lead.

Belen’s Wisneski hit two home runs in the game scoring all three runs for the Eagles.

“First pitch he started me with a fastball,” Stevenson said. “I was sitting dead-fastball. I just missed the one he threw me and I knew he was going to throw me another. He just threw it in my wheelhouse and I took him way, way deep.”

Farmington defeated St. Pius X 9-7 on Friday. Both teams have faced each other earlier in the season on March 31, when they lost to Farmington in the first game of a doubleheader, 4-3, and won, 2-1.

This is the fifth consecutive year the Rockets will play for the championship.

“No. 1 vs. No. 2, should be a good game,” Alvarado said. “We know it won’t be easy, but we look forward to the challenge: Heads down and win the first inning.”

Goddard will take on the No. 2 seed Farmington Scorpions at 3 p.m. today at Isotopes Park.

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