Meridian Star

April 25, 2013

Getting back at it

Northeast Cubs finding their way after a rough season last year

Tony Tsoukalas
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN — Smack.

    Northeast Rookie Ball baseball player Lawson Goodman didn't even know what hit him. The Northeast Cubs third baseman collided with a teammate while going after a ball during a game against the Northeast Red Sox Tuesday night at Van Zyverden Park .

    After the inning, Goodman ran back to the dugout, holding a jammed thumb and battling back tears. His mother Brandi Goodman stood waiting at the fence, encouraging Lawson to calm down and reassuring him that he would be alright.

     After a few tough moments, Lawson regrouped –– an inning later, he delivered a game-tying hit, propelling the Cubs to a 17-14 win over the Red Sox.

    “It hurt really bad,” Lawson Goodman said. “It's really fun to get a hit and stuff.”

    Lawson's dad father Kerry Goodman, who coaches the Cubs and pitches to the team while the team bats, wasn't worried though –– he's got a whole team full of tough kids.

    Last year the Cubs failed to win a single game. However, the team has grown this year, and the resurgent Cubs are off to a

 promising 3-2 start to the season.

    “As a matter of fact, we were beaten badly pretty much every time,” Kerry Goodman said. “It's great for the parents of players who stuck around from last year. This year, they are getting to see their children win some games.”

    Northeast Rookie Ball is comprised of seven and eight-year-olds. Goodman said the league allows players to hone their skills and improve for the next level.

    “There is a big difference between seven and eight-year-olds,” Goodman said. “These kids that are seven right now will be a lot better next year. This is an age where you start to see a lot of improvement.

    “It's a great feeling to see them start swinging at the ball better. They know what you are talking about when you tell them it's a force out. You have to give a lot of credit to the parents working with them at home.”

    The Cubs will next take on the Northeast White Sox on Friday at 6 p.m from Van Zyverden Park.