Goodloe, Godley take game one, 1-0

Caleb Gibbons fired 5.1 strong innings but Stephenville still fell, 1-0, to No. 7 Godley in the first game of a best of three series at Brock High School Thursday. || Photo by DR. CHET MARTIN


BROCK (May 18, 2017) — Godley won a pitcher’s duel 1-0 over Stephenville Thursdays because its pitcher also had a triple and scored a run.

Bobby Goodloe ripped a triple to the right field corner to lead off the bottom of the first and scored on a wild pitch moments later of the game’s only run.

Goodloe had been relegated to short stop and second base with an injury for much of the 8-4A district season and the first two rounds of the playoffs. He returned to the hill against district rival Stephenville for game one of a best-of-three Region I-4A quarterfinal series and worked a complete game shutout, scattering six singles and a walk to set up the Wildcats with a choice between two Divison I commits for game two at 7:30 p.m. Friday, also at Brock.

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Not to be outdone, Caleb Gibbons pitched 5.1 strong innings to give Stephenville a chance. He yielded just a run on six hits, and even when he left two runners on and one out in the bottom of the sixth, Caleb Smith came in and got out of the jam with a strikeout and routine ground out.

Kade Averhoff singled to center field and a steal gave Stephenville life with a runner at second and one out in the top of the seventh. The runner moved to third on a ground out, bringing up Cody Storrs, who entered the series having hit .390 in the regular season before going 9-17 in the opening two rounds of the playoffs, for their last chance. Storrs first tried to lay down a bunt with Godley’s infield staying back, but he ultimately chopped a slow hopper to second and was thrown out by a stride to end the game.

Stephenville’s best chance to score came in the first inning when Seth Heupel drew a one-out walk – the only one of the game issued by Goodloe – and Derek Gifford singled before both runners advance on a ground out by Gibbons. They were at third and second before a ground out to the short stop ended the threat.

Godley won its 11th straight game, the previous 10 all by three or more runs. Stephenville had a six game win streak snapped.

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