GOSHEN — The Jimtown Jimmies had one of those starts that about all Goshen High School baseball coach Josh Keister could do was shrug his shoulders.
Jimtown scored six runs in the top of the first inning with only two of their six hits leaving the infield as the Jimmies scored six runs on the way to a 12-7 win over the Redskins Wednesday evening at Phend Field.
“There was not a lot we could do about the first inning,” the coach said. “Jimtown hit the ball where we weren’t. They put up a big number early. It was a tough game for us to grab the momentum and when we finally did we couldn’t hold on to it. We have to find ways of grabbing on to the momentum and rolling with it.”
Jimtown coach Darin Mast said, “The first was one of those innings that you will see if you have been around the game long enough. The big thing is we took advantage of it. We needed a fast start and we got one.
“You have to give Goshen credit. It would have been an easy night for them to think it’s not their night, but they kept battling.”
Junior Keegan Mawhorter, junior Brennan Vitali, junior Nick Floyd, junior C.J. Holman and senior Tristan Wickham singled for the Jimmies to begin the game. Floyd and Holman drove in runs. The key blow for the Jimmies came after sophomore Trevor Hobbs drove in the third run on a ground out when sophomore Ryan Mott belted a three-run home run over the right field fence.
“The way I know this place and the way the wind was blowing today I didn’t think anyone would hit a ball out,” Mast said. “But Ryan sliced it through the wind.”