GODDARD — Austin White got exactly what he wanted Friday night — a second chance at making a play that most players can only dream about.
The Goddard second baseman let it rip on a first-pitch fastball in the bottom of 10th inning with the bases loaded. The ball landed in a gap between left and center, and just like that it was over. White's hit lifted the Lions to a 6-5 victory over Blue Valley West.
"There's nothing like it until you get into college or the bigs," White said. "This is every high school player's dream. It's just awesome."
White had a similar opportunity to end the game in the bottom of the eighth with runners on second and third and two outs. He flew out to center, which seemed to knock the wind out of the crowd and the team. He didn't let it get to him though, and came through when he got a second chance.
"I cleared my head. I listened to my guys," White said. "They were giving me constructive criticism. All I did was get up there with my head clear and swing away."
Goddard(4-2)scored five runs in the bottom of a wild fifth inning to put itself in position to compete with a Blue Valley West (2-3) squad that had been dominant to that point. It capitalized off of three walks, three hits and one error to take a 5-3 lead.
That lead was squandered after Blue Valley West players Chris Jackson and Drew Trout both scored on fielder's choices to tie the score heading into the sixth inning.
Goddard coach Tom Campa said that fifth inning was crucial.
"Everything kind of clicked. We capitalized off of a few of their miscues," Campa said. "It took a lot of pressure off of the guys so we could settle down and finally win it here."
From the sixth inning on Goddard pitcher Gabe Cook had the game in his hands and made sure not to disappoint his team. He threw four scoreless innings and had six strikeouts.
"It was real fun. I had everything working," Cook said. "I had the team on my shoulders. I just didn't want to let them down."
Campa, who said he was worried about his team's experience earlier in the week, said a game like this is good for chemistry and adding to experience.
"It starts making them believe that they are a good team," Campa said. "Its going to take some time to get the experience. But we love playing games like this. And if we can play games like this day in and day out we're going to be a tough team to beat."
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W—Gabe Cook. L—Drew Trout. HR—Team, player.