Write down this name, Andrew Curry. Barring any unforeseen injuries, the 6-foot-4 junior pitcher with the Santa Fe Chiefs will most likely is wearing a major college baseball uniform in a little over a year’s time.
The left-handed Curry allowed three hits, one earned run, struck out nine and walked four as the Chiefs ended the Sacred Heart Gremlins’ season and head coach Steve Goodwin’s baseball coaching career at S-H with a 3-1 win in the championship game of the Class 1 District 15 Tournament May 16 at Centennial Park.
Curry improved his season record to 10-0 and entered the game with a tiny 0.66 Earned Run Average. He had given up just eight walks all season but his control was shaky at times as he surrendered four free passes.
Santa Fe, 19-1 on the season, won their 14th straight and advanced to play Wellington-Napoleon in the Class 1 sectionals Monday at Wellington. The Chiefs, ranked #1 in Class 1, suffered their only loss to second-ranked Concordia early in the season.
Sacred Heart closed out their season with a record of 13-5 and Goodwin finished his 15th and final season as the Gremlins’ head baseball coach with a record of 173-98. His team won the Class 1 State Championship in 2006, made the Final For in 2002, won four district championships, were in the district finals seven times and Goodwin was named the Class 1 Baseball Coach of the Year twice.
Goodwin will be replaced next spring by Jaric Reid, a former All Stater at Sacred Heart and was a member of the 2006 Gremlin state championship team.
An All State, All District and AllI-I-70 Conference selection his sophomore year, Curry walked Sacred Hart’s Rock Curry with one out in the top of the first. However Curry was erased when Caleb Tamguay hit into a 4-6-3 double play.
Santa Fe got on the board in the bottom of the first. Andy Smith singled off Gremlin pitcher Nick Langston, moved to second on a groundout by Wyatt Wilkinson and scored on a single by Dalton Wilkinson to give the Chefs an early 1-0 lead.
The Gremlins tied it 1-1 in the top of the third when Garrett Strange singled, Blake Nichols singled and Jackson Smith walked to load the bases. Curry got Rock Curry on strikes but Caleb Tanguay walked to force in Strange with the tying run.
That was it for the free passes given up by Curry.
Santa Fe put together three hits and got an intentional pass from Langston to plate two more runs in the bottom half of the third to close out the scoring in the game.
The title game became a pitcher’s duel between Curry and Langston, who was relieved by Cale Spangler in the fourth, the rest of the way.
Santa Fe stranded four runners over the last three innings and Sacred Hart catcher Mason Kelchner threw out a runner trying to steal second to close out a double play in the fifth.
Sacred Heart loaded the bases with two out in the seventh when Strange was hit by a pitch and Nichols and Jackson singled.
Rock Curry, a second-team Class 1 All Stater his junior year, fanned for the second time leaving the bases loaded and ending the Gremlins’ season.
Andrew Curry helped his own cause with two hits in three trips to the plate and scored a run.
Langston suffered the loss after striking out 15 in a 4-1 win over Sweet Springs in the opening round of the district. Photos by Randy Kirby, Sedalia News Journal.