, Newburyport, MA

May 13, 2013

Georgetown's Goddu back on the field vs. Triton

Newburyport Daily News

---- — Baseball

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.

Spurr finished the comeback by leading Goddu off.

“I kept my cool,” said Goddu. “Before the game, I was focused and listened to music to relax. I did well in batting practice, and I was fine.”

After feeling uncomfortable a little bit with the mask, Goddu has overcome the apprehensions. He might even wear it a little longer than he has to, this summer with his Legends Baseball travel team, just to be safe.

“Like I said, I feel lucky. I should have been done,” he said. “Instead, I’m seeing normal, and I’m not supposed to have surgery. I’m going to wear it and just let it heal.”

Amesbury 8, Pentucket 2

Nick Hawrylciw earned the win for Amesbury (7-6), pitching six innings and allowing four hits and five walks. He struck out one. Mac Short was 2 for 3 with two runs scored and an RBI. Adam Ivancic was 1 for 4 with two runs scored. Tommy Connors was 1 for 4 with a run. Matt Scanlon was 1 for 1 with three RBI. Pentucket’s Dan Cleary had a one-hitter going into the sixth inning.

Girls Lacrosse

Hamilton-Wenham 17, Pentucket 11

Tori Spofford scored four goals for Pentucket (5-7). Sam Fiore added three goals and an assist. Sarah Wiles scored three goals. Liza Brackbill scored a goal. Tori Ruggerio made 10 saves for Pentucket.

Boys Lacrosse

Pentucket 11, Whittier 5

Pentucket (10-5) clinched a state-tournament berth after having a winless season last spring. Connor Beaton had three goals and two assists. Sam Colombo scored three goals. Cody Rothwell, Calvin Wiles, Brendan Sullivan, Shane Ketola and Nick Arcadipane scored a goal each. Jeff Porter had two assists. Luke Strangman and Kyle Richardson had one each.

Boys Track

Mass. State Coaches Invitational

Evan King placed second for Amesbury in the javelin (169-10). Perry Mroz was sixth in the shot put (50-0 1/2).