Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

May 12, 2013

Region XIV Baseball: Goodell's game-winning hit lifts Navarro

Bulldogs win in 13 to stay in winner's bracket; Griffin shines

From Staff Reports
Corsicana Daily Sun

LUFKIN — Navarro went to its well full of sophomores Sunday in a dramatic 13-inning victory over Paris in a winner's bracket game in the Region XIV Tournament.

All-American outfielder Kaleb Goodell, who missed some time in the final weeks of the regular season with a high ankle sprain, ripped a single with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 13th, scoring Grayson Lewis to beat the Dragons 4-3 at Roadrunner Park.

Navarro (41-15) advances to play the San Jacinto-Panola winner at 5 p.m. Monday. All of the Bulldogs' remaining regional tournament games will be broadcast on KAND-AM 1340 and on kandradio.com.

Goodell took a first pitch strike, then lined a single over the right fielder's head. Lewis scored easily as the Bulldogs, who had the winning run on base in the final five innings, finally got a clutch hit.

Bulldogs sophomore closer Blake Griffin pitched 4 2/3 shutout innings in relief, keeping Paris off the scoreboard until the bats finally broke through. Griffin retired the final 10 batters he faced. He retired 16 of 17 batters, allowing only a two-out hit in the top of the 10th.

Griffin entered the game in the top of the ninth after sophomore starter Lukas Schiraldi had walked the leadoff hitter. Griffin got a double play on a failed sacrifice fly and ground out to get out of the inning.

He had three strikeouts, two of them for the last two outs of the 13th inning.

"He was unbelievable," Navarro coach Whoa Dill said.

Paris led 2-0 after the second inning as Dragons left fielder Ty Huie had a run-scoring single and a second run scored on an error.

Navarro rallied for a 3-2 lead in the top of the third. Grayson Lewis led off with a single and scored when J.R. Phillips singled and a throwing error allowed Lewis to score. After Kevin Meredith reached on an error, moving Phillips to third, Kaleb Goodell had a squeeze bunt to tie the game. Tyler Wilson gave the Bulldogs the lead later in the inning on a fielder's choice.

The Bulldogs held that lead until the top of eighth when Paris' Chase Harvey reached on a strikeout and made it to second base on a throwing error by Navarro catcher John Clay Reeves. Harvey scored to tie the game on a sacrifice fly by GR Hinsley.

Navarro left seven runners on base from the eighth to 12th innings as it threatened to score in every inning.

Lewis started the 13th inning with a walk. Byron Reichstein then reached on a bunt and Kevin Meredith on the eighth error of the game by Paris.

That set up Goodell for his heroics, moving the Bulldogs within two wins of a regional championship.