Goodman, middle-inning magic lift Dubuque County over Rapid City
Dubuque County (Iowa) starting pitcher Samuel Goodman had a less-than-ideal beginning to his time on the mound against Rapid City (S.D.) Post 22 Hardhats.
Giving up a leadoff extra base hit, the Post 137 right-hander stared down a 1-0 deficit after only facing three batters.
Soon thereafter, Goodman found his groove, ripping back control of the game in five-plus innings of work.
His offense followed suit in the middle innings, plating seven total runs in the fourth and fifth en route to an 8-2 victory during the opening day of the Central Plains Regional Tournament on Wednesday, Aug. 8, from the Dakota Community Bank & Trust Ballpark.
Goodman allowed only three hits, striking out five without dishing out a walk.
"For a young kid like that, when a team gets a run off of you, it can get to them mentally, but I'm not surprised the way he came back," Dubuque County head coach Rob Hoerner said of Goodman's performance. "He's just mentally tough and he knew that his guys were going to get him runs. He didn't get shook. ... He's been in that spot before so we expect nothing less out of him than what he did."
Post 22 outfielder Connor King led off the game with a fly ball into the left center field gap and easily slid into third base with a triple. After Goodman fanned Matthew Hegre for the frame's first out, Rapid City got on the board thanks to a RBI groundout from infielder Cooper Bowman.
"It's always frustrating giving up a run in the first inning, especially in the triple to the leadoff hitter," Goodman said. "But when I got out of it and minimized the damage, I knew that we have a great offensive team and we were going to score some runs. Even if we start off slow, eventually we going to get ours."
Dubuque County, the Iowa state champion, was slow to respond against Rapid City starting pitcher Dylan Richey, who allowed one baserunner — a second inning single from Jackson Bennett — through the first three frames.
Post 137 finally got to Richey in the bottom of fourth, although the onslaught began controversially after leadoff batter Tyler Deardorff reached on a bunt, which appeared to hit Deardorff as he exited the batter's box. Hardhats head coach Kelvin Torve briefly had a conversation with home plate umpire Curt Stevens, but the call was upheld.
Two batters later, Kyle Lahmann tied the game with an RBI single that scored Deardorff from second. Following a Bennett single and a Gannon O'Brien strikeout, Dylan Gotto gave Dubuque County its first lead, dropping a two-run double down just inside the right field line.
"We knew we'll get ours, it's only a matter of time," Gotto said. "If a pitcher can shut us down for seven [innings], good for them; they must be pretty good. [Richey] was throwing pretty well, it was just nothing that we couldn't handle. I know top to bottom, we can hit the ball well, so it's only a matter of time before we string some hits together, walks and get some runs."
In the bottom of the fifth, Lehmann connected with a two-run single, while Bennett added his third hit on the day with an RBI double as part of a four-run inning. Each team added a run in the sixth, but for Rapid City, the South Dakota state champion, it was too little, too late.
"You can start well all you want. When you don't hit the baseball for the rest of the six innings, it doesn't help," Torve said. "We swing the bats incredibly well all year, but we just ran into a really good pitcher today."
Dubuque County Post 137 (Iowa) 8, Rapid City Post 22 (S.D.) 2
RC 100 001 0 — 2 4 1
DC 000 341 x — 8 9 2
RC: Dylan Richey (4.1), Tad Scherbenske (1.2) and Ryan Schmidt. DC: Samuel Goodman (5.1), Connor McDermott (1.2) and Blake Simon.
W—Goodman. L—Richey. HR—None
Highlights: RC: Connor King 1-2, 3B, BB, R; Jace Caldwell 2-3, 2B, RBI; Cooper Bowman 0-3, RBI, R. DC: Goodman 5.1 IP, 3 H, 0 BB, 2 R (ER), 5 K, W; Dylan Gotto 1-3, 2B, 2 RBI, Kyle Lehmann 2-3, 2B, 3 RBI, 2 R; Jackson Bennett 3-3, 2B, RBI, R.