Goetz Brothers continues to play like a Majors division contender and won their third game in a row last week, defeating rival Brix 3-1 in a tight, well-fought pitcher's duel April 4 at Burgess Field. The game featured stellar pitching on both sides, some exciting defense, and one tape-measure, 240-foot home run.
Goetz Brothers trio of 12-year old pitchers combined to throw a one-hitter with eight strike outs over six innings. In the first and second innings, Scott Reynolds was virtually un-hittable, mixing in a lethal combination of fastballs, sliders and nasty changeups. Sean Perez, who made his debut as a Majors division pitcher, also showed great poise on the mound and pitched himself out of several jams.
Brix pitchers also brought their A-game and were led by the hard-throwing, brother tandem of Robert and Jack (last name witheld)who combined to strike out eight Goetz batters over six innings, including Goetz' first three batters in a row to start the game. Brix' solo hit was by veteran Kari Newman who scalded a line-drive single just inside the third base bag and down the left field line.
The game was scoreless until the top of the second inning when Goetz first baseman/catcher, Arthur Morgan, batting fourth, came to the plate to lead off the inning. Morgan hammered the very first pitch, crushing a 60-mph, belt-high fastball that soared high and deep over the center field fence, giving Goetz their first run of the game. It was Morgan's first home run of the season.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Brix rallied to load the bases with nobody out but came away with only one run for their efforts thanks to some big defensive plays by Goetz. Jack Heneghan, Michael Tripaldi and Scott Reynolds combined for a perfectly executed relay play from left field to throw out a Brix runner in a close play at home plate. Sam Crowder drove in Brx' sole run of the game with a sacrifice to deep left center.
Arthur Morgan took the mound for Goetz in the fifth and sixth and pitched two scoreless, no-hit innings in relief. Morgan struck out Brix' final two batters to slam the door and seal Goetz's third victory of the season.