GHS clenches area championship over New Brockton

Published 3:00 am Friday, April 17, 2015

After being rained out several weeks ago, the Goshen High School Lady Eagles finished out their game with the New Brockton Gamecock and defeated them 7-3 in the first of two games, clenching their area title.

Goshen head coach Amy Warrick said she was proud of the effort the team had shown, especially after starting the game losing 3-2.

“That game was 3-2 New Brockton, so we ended up coming back and winning,” Warrick said. “We did really well. We hit really well that first game. And, we played defense really well. I was proud of them. To see the score on the board and you’re losing, we didn’t do anything batting first time around. We had to go into the fifth inning still losing, but we started cruising after that.”

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Warrick said the team played well through the first game, but became deflated after the start of the second contest of the day although they held a lead in the game until the seventh inning.

“The second game, we were winning all the way down to the seventh inning, and the girl came up to bat and hit a three-run homerun,” Warrick said. “We ended up losing 7-4. We thought we were pitching to end the game. We knew she was dangerous, but we just left the ball where she could get it.”

The doubleheader served as the Eagles’ senior night, and Warrick said she could not have been more proud of the effort her two seniors, Lizzy Galloway and Fran Warrick, had shown.

“They had a good night for senior night,” Warrick said. “They didn’t let senior night get to them. Fran went two for four in the first game, and Lizzy was on base the entire time with walks. She went one for four. I’m proud of them. They both pick each other up. Lizzy didn’t have her best night in the circle, but it was a good night.”

Warrick said with the team’s win, the Lady Eagles would host the first round of the state tournament the week of April 28, but the Eagles are tentatively scheduled to play in the Northview Tournament this upcoming weekend. And, after facing a variety of pitchers from New Brockton’s lineup, Warrick said she’s hoping the girls are able to get reps in against a variety of pitchers.

“I am just hoping that we see different pitchers,” Warrick said. “It’s been a while since we’ve played in a tournament. I’m just hoping we are able to respond to those pitchers.”