, Newburyport, MA


May 13, 2013

Georgetown's Goddu back on the field vs. Triton


Georgetown 10, Triton 6

Just nine days after taking a fastball from Masconomet pitcher Speros Varinos off the left eye, Georgetown High freshman Mike Goddu was back at the plate Saturday, digging in and taking his hacks against Triton.

“I was confident today, excited, ready to come back,” said Goddu, who wore a facemask at the plate to protect the two broken bones in his face — one on the cheek and one above his eyebrow.

“I was really lucky. A million things could have gone wrong. I should have had a season-ending injury, I was lucky, and I’m thankful for that.”

Varinos is one of the harder throwers and best pitchers in the CAL. He lost a fastball inside and high at the wrong time.

“I was sitting on a curve ball, and I flinched at the last second, so the ball deflected off the earpiece and hit my eye,” said Goddu. “I didn’t go down, but I couldn’t feel my face. I was just in a daze really. The first thing I asked when I hit the bench was if all my teeth were still there.”

The beaning scared even the most seasoned baseball people.

“You just had to hear it to know how bad it could have been,” said Masco assistant coach Brian Duplissie.

Goddu is such a promising outfield prospect. He represents the future of Georgetown baseball. When asked this week about him, both Georgetown coaches, Justin Spurr and Phil Desilets, were confident that their man would return.

“The kid is just a baseball player, through and through,” said Spurr. “I have no doubt, when he gets the go-ahead, he’ll be right back.”

Three days later, Spurr put Goddu right back in center on Friday against Newburyport. His presence in center — he didn’t bat — helped snap a five-game Royals losing streak.

Text Only | Photo Reprints

NDN Video
Jabari Parker declares for the NBA draft NHL playoff preview: Boston Bruins vs. Detroit Red Wings NHL playoff preview: Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Montreal Canadiens NHL playoff preview: Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Columbus Blue Jackets Swim Daily, Throwback Thursday NFL Draft 2014 Team Needs - Carolina Panthers NFL Draft 2014 Team Needs - Atlanta Falcons Too Hot or Too Cold: Brewers and Rangers NFL Draft 2014 Team Needs - Baltimore Ravens NFL Draft 2014 Team Needs - Arizona Cardinals NFL Draft 2014 Team Needs – Oakland Raiders NFL Draft 2014 Team Needs – Houston Texans NFL Draft 2014 Team Needs – Jacksonville Jaguars Olympic Great Michael Phelps Ending Retirement Draft Preview: Chris Davis Draft Preview: Jay Prosch Watson: 'I'm always going to cry' Is the use of pine tar considered cheating? Draft Preview: Jake Matthews Draft Preview: L'Damian Washington
Special Features