FORT WAYNE – Taylor Goshen and his coach, Dave Ginder, see better things coming from the Carroll senior as the baseball season progresses.
Future opponents may have a hard time imagining something better than perfection and near-perfection.
Eight days after throwing a perfect game against Northrop, Goshen fired a two-hitter and struck out 14 batters to lead the Chargers to a 9-0 victory Wednesday over visiting Bishop Luers.
In between the two starts, Goshen pitched the final inning and picked up a save in a 4-2 win over Churubusco on Monday.
He’s off to a good start as a senior, said Ginder, whose team improved to 5-7. He’s done a good job for us. It’s still early. Let’s see how it all plays out. We’re looking for bigger and better things for him.
Goshen echoed his coach’s sentiments.
There are no big games in April, said Goshen, who has signed with Wichita State. I’m never where I want to be. I feel like with the heat getting back and the cold weather getting gone, my fastball will be a little bit faster. I’m looking forward to the heat. That should help out. I just want to keep getting better.
Against the Knights, Goshen was plenty good enough. If the gusting winds didn’t have the Luers’ bats frozen, then Goshen’s mix of fastballs, curves and changeups did. Of the 14 strikeouts, nine were on called third strikes – which left Luers coach Gary Rogers tipping his hat to Goshen but pointing a finger at his players.
If we don’t do a better job swinging the bats, it doesn’t matter who we face; it really doesn’t, said Rogers, whose team fell to 1-4. He’s a good pitcher, there’s no doubt about it. But it doesn’t matter if it’s him or anybody else. If we don’t swing, we’re not going to hit. That’s the bottom line, our kids need to come out and compete.
Carroll took advantage of four Luers errors and collected 10 hits against three pitchers to give Goshen all the support he needed.
The Chargers led 3-0 after the third inning, then scored three runs in the fourth on just one hit. Grant Inman’s bases-loaded single got past left fielder Isiah Jones to clear the bases and make it 6-0. Inman went 4 for 4 and added an RBI double in a three-run sixth inning.
The 10 hits and nine runs may have been as welcome a sight to Ginder as Goshen’s fastball.
The Chargers, who have played 12 games in 17 days, entered Wednesday’s game having lost of three of their last four.
It’s been a tough start for us, Ginder said. Some of that is the amount of games we’ve played in a short amount of time. Some of it is the competition we’ve played has been very good, and we’ve played a lot of baseball and haven’t practiced a whole lot.