On Friday and Saturday, Goddard was well-represented in the North-South all-star baseball game. On the bench was former Goddard coach Alan Edmonson with assistant coach Henry Villareal. Playing in the game was Drew Price whose pitches have been clocked in the 90s range and pitching and playing in the field was Ty Villareal.
This was the first year that the teams were broken down to Northwest, Northeast and the Southeast and Southwest. All four teams played each other in a round robin tournament over three days. Both players pitched and played in the field.
Villareal and Price will be going out as champions, having won 10-3 against Albuquerque Academy in 2017. Each of the players has been to the championship game four times. Both of the players have grown up together playing baseball since little league.
Villareal was finally healthy after starting last season with a leg injury. It took him most of his junior year to heal up and get into baseball shape. Once he did, he was a force down the stretch as a pitcher and hitter.
This season Villareal was about to put up good numbers. He was third in batting average on the team with a .357 batting average, he was tied for second with 24 runs scored. He was tied for second in home runs on the team with one and third on the team in RBIs with 24. Villareal also had speed on the base paths as he was six for seven in stolen bases.
On the hill Villareal was 5-1 in six starts, throwing five complete games. Villareal had an outstanding 1.05 ERA. while saving eight games. None of the games Villareal pitched in was as important to Goddard’s baseball season, as when he took the hill and dominated rival Artesia, 4-1, to win the district title.
“I would say the season overall was pretty successful,” Villareal said. “One of the funnest seasons I’ve ever had. The ending sucked, but it happens.”
Villareal didn’t start the game with his best stuff, but after the second inning was his strong self after shutting down two runners on base twice. He struck out seven batters while going the distance. When Goddard was in trouble against Los Lunas, Goddard coach Alvarado brought Villareal in the middle of the second inning as he helped shut down the Tigers and allowed the Rockets a chance to win the game in the seventh inning.
Villareal felt like his baseball career would be over with after the all-star game. But with a deep run into the playoffs and his showing at the all-star game, his efforts produced more interest in him. It was said that his fastball was sitting at the high 80s and might have touched 90 mph.
“The all-star game was a lot of fun,” Villareal said. “It was very competitive up there. We lost all three games. I threw OK.
Villareal will be playing with the Roswell Baseball Institute this summer and continuing his career on the diamond next year.
When his baseball career is over with Villareal would like to work for the criminal justice system. He’d like to be a US Marshall and has a cousin that works in the field.
“Honestly, all of the friends you make out here is great,” Villareal said, “you never forget them. This has been a lot of fun.”