GOSHEN — The Goshen Redskins and Concord Minutemen, both in need of an NLC win, squared off Wednesday in high school baseball at Phend Field in Goshen.
Concord with some key pitching from senior Matt Williams and key hitting from classmate Nick DeFreese emerged with an 8-4 victory.
“Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good,” Concord coach Jim Treadway said. “We were both in need a conference win. It feels good to get one. We had been so banged up. We have had five starters out. I keep telling people when we get all our players back we are going to be a team to contend with.”
Goshen was coming off a 17-inning marathon loss Monday at Plymouth. Goshen Athletic Director Larry Kissinger reported he got an e-mail from Jon Scott at Plymouth informing him the game was the 10th longest in IHSAA history. The Redskins scored a run in the top of the 17th only to give up two in the bottom of the frame in the heartbreaking 3-2 loss.
Wednesday’s game was similar in the fact Goshen took a 4-3 lead after five innings only to have the Minutemen score two in the top of the sixth and add three more in the top of the seventh.
“We have been really close to two wins this week,” first-year Goshen coach josh Keister said. “We just have not been able to get the job done. The kids still believe in what we are trying to do and are putting in the effort.”
Treadway was impressed by what he saw from the Redskins.
“Josh is doing wonderful things with his team,” the coach said. “He is playing a lot of youngsters. We were playing seniors and had trouble beating them.”
Junior Adam Pearson got the start on the mound for the Redskins after senior Deric Haynes hurled seven innings and classmate Jorge Pizana 9 2/3 in the Plymouth contest.