Athlete Of The Week: Nick Goodwin

By: Brad Joyal

Topics: Athlete of the Week

Orleans infielder Nick Goodwin from Kansas State. BRAD JOYAL PHOTO

HARWICH – Nick Goodwin felt that he was due. In the end, he provided the Harwich Mariners with an early-season memory they’ll never forget.

After striking out in his first three trips to the plate during the first game of Monday’s doubleheader against Hyannis, Goodwin lifted the Mariners to a 3-1 win after hitting a two-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh inning.

“It felt good,” said Goodwin, an infielder from Kansas State. “I was having a pretty rough game up until that point – three strikeouts in my three at-bats before that – so in that situation I was looking for a pitch over the plate that I could drive. I got that pitch and didn’t miss it.”

Goodwin hasn’t missed much this summer. He leads Harwich hitters with at least five games played in multiple offensive categories, including batting average (.308), hits (nine), home runs (two) and RBIs (seven).

“I’m just trying to put together good at-bats every single at-bat,” said Goodwin, an Overland Park, Kan. native. “As a leadoff hitter, I’m just trying to get on base for the guys behind me to drive me in. Getting a pitch and hitting a single or hitting a double or a home run, no matter what it is, I’m just trying to get on base.”

Harwich manager Steve Englert said Goodwin “hit the ground running."

“He’s a good hitter and he’s been a bright spot in our offense so far,” the skipper said. “He’s been one of our top guys and that was a huge [home run] he hit – that was something else.”

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