Parker Goodman may be one of the youngest players on the Texarkana Razorbacks American Legion baseball team, but he looked like a seasoned veteran Saturday at Joe Blagg Field.
The lanky right-hander went the distance on the mound in defeating Sheridan, 9-5. Goodman will be a senior this fall at Liberty-Eylau, where he has been a standout in football and baseball.
“Parker is one of the team’s big surprises,” said manager Matt Riddle. “I feel I can put him in at any time, and I don’t have to worry about him throwing strikes.
“I’m looking forward to having Parker back next year. He actually dialed his fastball down a little today because of some soreness, but still went the distance. I could ask for a better effort.”
Garmany steals home for Hogs’ first run
The game was scoreless in the bottom of the second when Kade Garmany crushed a double to the fence in left. The next two batters walked. That’s when Garmany took advantage of the pitcher’s slow motion to the play to easily steal home.
Sheridan answered quickly with two runs in the third, only to see the Razorbacks score three in their half of the inning.
Andrew Robertson of Neville High School in Monroe, La., singled to right. Bryson Connell and Garmany then walked to load the bases. Pinch-runner Cameron Braley scored on a wild pitch to tie the score. Daegan Covington broke the tie with a two-run single to right-center.
“I thought Roc Hawthorne did a great job with the bat today,” said Riddle. “Connell is just a stud, and showed his true colors today.”
Goodman gets lots of offensive support
The Razorbacks put the game out of reach with three runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth.
Peyton Lewis, Robertson and Connell accounted for the three runs in the fourth with singles.
Gabe Parker of Fouke doubled home a run for the Hogs in the fifth. He scored on a single by Hawthrone.
The only bad news for the Razorbacks was a knee injury suffered by Garmany in a collision at first base.
“They think he just bruised his knee,” said Riddle. “I’m hoping that’s all it is.”
Texarkana improves to 9-5 on the summer with the win. It plays El Dorado’s senior team Sunday at 10 a.m. The Razorbacks then play Sheridan’s AA team at noon.