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Former Major League pitcher Bob Veale once said, “Good pitching beats good hitting and vice versa.”
For Grant County senior pitcher Aaron Goe, he was able to take care of both as he almost single-handedly beat Lloyd Memorial 5-1 March 26 at Grant County High School.
“I thought my command was good and my off-speed pitches were helping me,” Goe said after the game. “The defense behind me really helped too.”
Goe pitched a complete game (seven innings), only allowing one run and striking out 12 Juggernauts.
He also contributed at the plate with a double and a run batted in.
With the temperatures more suited for football than baseball, Goe had to keep his arm warm on the mound.
“It’s definitely hard to stay warm,” he said. “All you can do is dress warm and stay warm between innings on the mound. I kept a hand warmer in my back pocket to help.”
The win by the Braves moved their record to 4-0 on the season going into spring break.
For Grant County coach Darrick Lee, it is about breaking down the season into weekly segments.
“We want to win each week,” he said. “It is not about beating individual teams. We are just trying to have a good winning percentage each week.”
Even with no losses on the year and only allowing one earned run in the first four games, Lee said there is still room for improvement.
“Defense is where we still need to work on,” he said. “We are making too many mental and physical errors on the field. We just have to knock those out (in practice).”
Lee said that Goe is pitching the way he expects him to.
“He has been a senior leader and is throwing the ball well,” Lee said.
Senior shortstop Jordan Cummins also contributed on the field with a stolen base and a defensive web gem that robbed Lloyd of a hit.
Next up for the Braves will be a two-game home stand against Boone County and Simon Kenton April 5 and 6. First pitch is set for 5 p.m.