West coast native will pitch for Caps against Barons
Scott Goosney has just one provincial senior A baseball title to his credit. He wants another, but knows he will have to beat some of his best friends to make it happen.
Bring it on, says the native of Pasadena on the province’s west coast.
Goosney, who now lives in St. John’s, won his first provincial senior A baseball crown last year with the Corner Brook Barons, who beat the Capitals for their first title in 14 years.
He was only too happy to help Corner Brook end the drought. However, it’s going to be a different story this summer, because Goosney is now one of the pitchers the Capitals will be counting on when St. John’s tangles with the Barons for the 2014 provincial championship.
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The best-of-seven final gets underway Aug. 1 with three games in St. John’s. The final four games — the latter three if necessary — are set for Corner Brook’s Jubilee Field starting Aug. 8.
Last weekend, the 27-year-old Goosney was named the top pitcher of the provincial senior B baseball championship in Mount Pearl, a tournament to decide the Barons’ opponents next month. He got the win in the deciding game, which saw the Capitals edge the Grand Falls-Windsor Beothucks 3-2.
The Beothucks happen to be another team Goosney has played for in previous provincial competitions, along with the Pasadena Pirates in his hometown.
He could have played with the Barons in this year’s provincials, but opted for the Capitals after spending the summer suiting up for the Shamrocks in the Molson St. John’s senior league.
He looks forward to seeing both sides of the rivalry.
“You really get to see both sides of it now,” he said. “It’s going to be a lot of fun. I’ve got a lot of buddies on the Barons and there’s a couple of guys on Pasadena playing with them this year, too.”
Goosney’s teammate with the Shamrocks, Dave Penney, will be playing with the Barons in the A final, while former pesky Pirates teammate Greg Whelan is also expected to suit up for the defending champions.
Goosney admits there’s always some joking amongst the guys when it comes to competing on the diamond. But, with a few of his buddies standing in the way of back-to-back championships, he’s focused on playing the game like he’s always done.
“I’m looking forward to getting to face Dave and Greg, big time,” he said. “I really don’t want to give up a hit to either one of those guys.”
Goosney knows the Barons will be a young squad with speed to burn, but he believes the Capitals have a deep team with a sprinkle of seasoned veterans and young guns looking to make a statement.
“There’s a lot of experience there so it makes a big difference,” he said. “We have a lot of guys who have been there before, and when the pressure is on they don’t really get fazed.”
THE WESTERN STAR