Goats sew up the No. 1 seed with district close-out win over Whitney
Journal Staff Report
The regular season has ended for the No. 8 ranked Groesbeck Goats baseball team and now it’s time to start focusing on the big picture at hand.
The march towards the Class 3A state championship!
Last week, the Goats (20-5) finished up district play with a 16-6 dousing of the Whitney Wildcats and gained sole possession of the No. 1 seed heading into the playoffs that start on Friday against the Lexington Eagles.
In the big win over the Eagles, both teams came out scoring in the first two innings, with Groesbeck taking the lead at 6-4.
The Goats big inning came in the top of the third when the team took advantage of two Wildcat errors, along with some timely hitting and keen base running, to score seven runs and increase their two-run lead to nine, 13-4.
In the inning, Holden Garrett scored on a wild at-bat by Bradley Wilson.
After three failed pickoff attempts by Whitney pitcher Hightower, he was called for a balk that moved Garrett to second. With the count 2-0 to Wilson, Hightower throws a wild pitch and Garrett advances to third and the count moves to 3-0.
Wilson, with the green light, sends a ground ball to the shortstop that is mishandled and Garrett comes into home plate.
After shaking things up, Luke Bailey steps in and doubles to left to give the Goats runners at second and third, thus forcing the Wildcats into a pitching change with Mitchell Waller and Dylan Rand due up.
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