There may not be a more monument 3 for 4 in area baseball history.
Just nine days after taking a Speros Varinos fastball off the left eye, Georgetown High freshman Mike Goddu was back at the plate, digging in and taking his hacks against Triton.
“I was confident today, excited, ready to come back,” said Goddu, who wore a facemask at the plate to protect the two broken bones in his face — one on the cheek and one above his eyebrow.
“I was really lucky. A million things could have gone wrong. I should have had a season-ending injury, I was lucky, and I’m thankful for that.”
Varinos is one of the harder throwers and best pitchers in the CAL. He lost a fastball inside and high at the wrong time.
“I was sitting on a curve ball, and I flinched at the last second, so the ball deflected off the earpiece and hit my eye,” said Goddu. “I didn’t go down, but I couldn’t feel my face. I was just in a daze really. The first thing I asked when I hit the bench was if all my teeth were still there.”
The beaning scared even the most seasoned baseball people.
“You just had to hear it to know how bad it could have been,” said Masco assistant coach Brian Duplissie.
Goddu is such a promising outfield prospect. He represents the future of Georgetown baseball. When asked this week about him, both Georgetown coaches, Justin Spurr and Phil Desilets, were confident that their man would return.
“The kid is just a baseball player, through and through,” said Spurr on Tuesday. “I have no doubt, when he gets the go-ahead, he’ll be right back.”
Three days later, Spurr put Goddu right back in center on Friday against Newburyport. His presence in center — he didn’t bat — helped snap a five-game Royals losing streak.