• Photo by Stephen R. Farris
    Goat shortstop Bryston Ferguson (3) looks to tag a Zebra runner for the out, but the umpire (blocked by the runner) ruled him safe on the play. Groesbeck went on to win the game, 2-1, to take a 1-0 series lead. Photo by Stephen R. Farris
  • Photo by Stephen R. Farris
    Groesbeck catcher Grant Johnson lands safely in a cloud of dust for the game winning run as the Goats took Game 1 of their best of three area playoff baseball series with the Grandview Zebras Friday afternoon at Hill College in Hillsboro.

Smith, Barber lead Goats past Grandview in Game 1

By Stephen R. Farris, Special to The Groesbeck Journal

The Groesbeck Goats churned out a 2-1 win over the Grandview Zebras in Game 1 of their best of three area playoff series Friday afternoon in Hillsboro.

“We knew they (Grandview) were going to be a solid team coming in,” said coach Cameron Sellstrom.

The game went into extra innings after both teams were tied 1-1 at the end of seven in what turned out to be a pitcher’s duel.

In the eighth, the Goats took the advantage on the bases after Dylan Rand and Bryston Ferguson led off the inning with back-to-back singles, but the Zebras defense sent both players back to the dugout after forcing each runner out at third base.

With two out and catcher Grant Johnson at second and Brayden Bradley at first, Mark Smith stepped into the batter’s box.

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