GOODLAND, KS — Maybe it’s the weather and getting to go outside or maybe its just that there will be a spring sports season this year but you sense optimism sounding the Goodland Cowboy baseball program heading into 2021.
Ever since making a surprising postseason run into the state tournament back in 2013, Goodland has struggled to find postseason success and overall success the past six seasons. Despite a great 2016 in which GHS went 15-6, won the GWAC but lost in the first round of the postseason.
But since that great 2016 year Goodland has gone a combined 23-38 including one of their toughest seasons in recent history in 2019 when the Cowboys ended the year at 4-16 & went just 1-9 against GWAC league foes.
2021 brings new found hope thanks part to a young talented group of freshmen & sophomores (who are like freshmen considering they didn’t get to play last year due to COVID-19) who had solid success at K-18, including a third place finish back in 2019. They bring in good pitching depth, which in something Goodland hasn’t had in some time, as well as great speed in the outfield according to Cowboy head coach Dev Mull. And they will be relied heavily upon this season especially guys like Cole Linton & Octavio Gonzales to name a few.
Goodland also returns five guys who did play back the last time the Cowboys were able to take the field in high school. Led by two seniors in Brock Mull & Trevor Daise. Mull was a key piece for GHS in the field and on the mound and finished top three on the team in most statistical categories including being tied at the top in RBI’s. While Daise, who did play first too, was key for them on the mound being top three in most pitching stats.
“I think we’ll be ok, I think we’ll compete. I think we can be in the top three or four in the GWAC,” head coach Dev Mull said.
The Cowboys open their 2021 season on Thursday, March 25th, at Colby’s Young Memorial Field against the Eagles.
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