When Jared Goedert went back in the clubhouse Saturday afternoon, the first thing he did was check his brother’s stats.
Goedert’s youngest brother, Connor, was playing a doubleheader for Neosho County Community College and Jared went right to the online game-tracker.
Connor went 2 for 3 with an RBI as his Neosho team won, 12-2, to improve to 37-9 overall.
Jared didn’t have too bad a day, either, as the eldest of the Goedert boys went 1 for 2 with what proved to be the game-winning RBI for the Buffalo Bisons in a 3-2 victory over the Pawtucket Red Sox on Saturday.
The powerful single he ripped wasn’t what he was trying to do, he explained. He really wanted to get the ball deep since the defensive alignment had moved in with Kevin Pillar on third base with one out.
But after the game, Goedert talked more freely and easily about watching the success of his youngest brother than he did about any particular personal plate appearance.
“It’s been really fun for me to kind of follow him,” Goedert said. “They’re in the middle of a doubleheader right now and when I got in here the first thing I did was look up how he did his first game. He’s having a tremendous year and I couldn’t be prouder of him and it’s a lot of fun to follow.”
Connor is a sophomore at Neosho County, a program in Chanute, Kan., that has advanced to the National Junior Collegiate Athletic Association World Series the last two seasons. A 39th round pick by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2013 draft, Connor is putting up big numbers this season. Through 44 games he’s batting .489, has driven in 81 runs and has 17 doubles with 17 home runs.
“In my opinion, if there is such a thing as a perfect baseball personality, he’s got it,” Jared said of his brother. “Things don’t bother him. He’s kinda more just pretty even keel. He’s got a great attitude. He’s very optimistic and enjoyable to be around. Things don’t really weigh on him.
“We’ll talk in the offseason when we get together and hit maybe once or twice, play catch, things like that. We’ll talk maybe approach and every once in a while he’ll send me a text, ‘Hey what do you think when this is happening?’ Kinda generic stuff, but we’ll bounce stuff off each other. But what he’s doing is on his own. It’s not anything because of me.”
Timely hitting throughout the lineup. That’s the cliché that helped the Bisons get all the offense they needed in their 3-2 win over the PawSox in front of 5,692 Saturday at Coca-Cola Field.
In the third, Mike Nickeas led off with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Munenori Kawaski. With two outs Nickeas scored on a single to left by Steve Tolleson.
The lead extended to 2-0 in the fourth when Matt Tuiasosopo drew a one-out walk and scored when Kevin Pillar split the gap in right field with a triple. Pillar scored on a single from Goedert to make it 3-0.
Hitters five through nine had three hits and drove in two of the three runs.
“No matter what day it is and no matter who we roll out there lineup wise, we can hit one through nine,” Goedert said. “We were in the bottom half, but really, we feel confident in our lineup throughout.”
The series concludes at 1 p.m. today (Radio 1520 AM) with Sean Nolin (1-0, 1.59) scheduled to start for the Herd against Allen Webster (1-1, 2.79).