Old Goats give 2018 Goats a run for their money

By Putt Riddle, Special to The Groesbeck Journal

There was a lot of talking smack. Between the dugouts and between a dugout and the players in the field. There were some runs scored on not as many hits. And when it ended, both teams gathered in the middle of the diamond for a large group picture. It was the occasion of the second annual Goat-Alumni baseball game at the Groesbeck diamond. For in the end, the players out there posing together were all Goats, current players and past players. And despite an age span from 15 to 46, everyone playing in the game was doing so for the camaraderie and to raise funds for the current baseball program. Of course the current version of the Goats under Coach Cameron Sellstrom were also working on improving their skills as they prepared to get into regular season in earnest after this special scrimmage which took place on Friday, February 16.

The game went seven innings in an unconventional manner to allow for the exes to have speedy base runners on base, to give the 2018 Goats a chance to have different players try their hand at pitching an inning as the hunt spearheaded by Coach Cody Ashley for a new pitching rotation goes forward and last, but not least to give Coach Sellstrom a chance to show his stuff at the plate after a many year layoff from swinging a bat other than for shagging balls. That he was called out swinging as he batted for the exes brought a lot of smack talk from both dugouts directed toward him.

It was a fun event which ended with the current version of the Goats scoring the final two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning for a 7-5 win. They had built a 5-0 lead when the older Goats rallied to tie the game. Nick Walker from the 2006 team had driven in two runs to fuel the rally for the exes, got to third base on his hit and then came home to score on an error. Cody Favors from the 2014 Goat team was the designated base runner providing speed on the base paths for the exes got to go back and run for the old team in the same inning, even if he had just been eliminated at second base on a fielder’s choice; he then replaced the runner who had just reached first on the same play. He scored twice in the game. Chris Favors from the 2007 team and Julio Sanchez from the 2001 team scored the other two runs for the exes.

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