LOWVILLE — Brookfield could never quite figure out Lyme’s starting pitcher Derrick Goutremout in Friday’s Section 3 Class D semifinal baseball game. The Beavers whiffed at the majority of the freshman’s pitches or softly grounded out.
The Indians didn’t need much offense with the way Goutremout was pitching. But in the bottom of the seventh inning, Zach Goutremout made sure to give his younger brother more than enough insurance. With the bases loaded, the senior cranked a high fastball well over the wall in left.
The grand slam made it 7-0, the final score. Lyme will play in the Section 3 Class D final on Sunday against McGraw in Utica.
Zach Goutremout said it was the farthest home run of his varsity career. Derrick Goutremout struggled to find words to describe it: “The way he hits the ball is incredible, it’s just nuts.”
Before Zach’s blast, the Beavers and Indians played a relatively close game, which added to the playoff atmosphere on the Lowville turf. But even with both dugouts chirping and fans making noise, Derrick Goutremout remained locked in.
“He’s been a kid that’s never showed emotion, if they hit a home run he won’t show emotion, if he strikes you out he doesn’t show emotion,” Lyme coach Rob Goutremout said. “He’s a rock on the mound, you can’t get under his skin. He throws hard when I ask him to throw hard, he’s on with his curveballs and his slider has came to life this year.”
There wasn’t much to bother Derrick Goutremout. He allowed only two hits (a couple of singles) and struck out eight.
“I was just trying to keep the ball down and keep throwing strikes,” Derrick said. “Throw a couple of off pitches, curveballs, cutters.”
Brookfield (12-4) exhibited its talent, so Derrick had to make adjustments once batters began to see him more than once.
“As I got up in the batting order I had to start throwing them high because they liked them low,” he said. “I had to speed up a little bit and get the cutter going.”
Before Zach Goutremout blew the game open, the Indians relied on aggressive heads-up base running to manufacture runs.
Leadoff hitter and catcher Trevor Weston got on base in three of his four at bats and scored Lyme’s second run on a passed ball. The Indians’ awareness on the base paths has paid off for them this season.
“That’s one of the biggest things in this game,” Weston said. “With our signs and coach on third, it’s a big help.”
Coach Goutremout is comfortable with his team being aggressive while running now that they’ve proved it can lead to more scoring opportunities rather than outs.
“We got aggressive this year, we got aggressive with our hitting,” Rob Goutremout said. “In the past our team has taken strikes, taken strikes — we’re hitting the ball this year and that’s really the big difference. They’re aggressive everywhere including base-running.”
It was only fitting that the game came to an end on a ground ball to second that turned into a great play by Zach Goutremout, the second baseman.
The senior is hoping his high school baseball career at Lyme (14-1-1) ends with a championship. He’ll have that opportunity when he takes the mound against McGraw on Sunday afternoon for the title.