Jacob Gossett hadn’t hit a home run in a game since he was playing on the little fields in little league. That all changed Monday evening.
Gossett, a Morristown East graduating senior and current member of the Morristown Sandlot baseball team, came to bat in the second inning against the Kodak Wildcats with a runner on and the Sandlot already having scored four runs in the inning.
Wasting no time, Gossett made a nice and easy swing on the first pitch, sending a high arching ball down the right field line. The ball looked as if it might hang up in the air just a second too long. However, the baseball landed just inches over the yellow line for a home run.
With that momentum, Morristown scored 12 runs in the second inning, batting around twice, as they cruised to a 13-1 victory. It was the seventh victory of the season and fourth win in-a-row.
“It felt good,” Gossett said. “It felt like I didn’t even swing that hard. You get a feeling that it feels like you were walking on clouds. They tried to say that I missed first base, I don’t know if I did or not, I was just in the moment.”
Gossett has been a bright spot in the Morristown lineup all season, hitting close to .400 and has four extra base hits and seven RBI.
He is one of the 10 seniors on the Sandlot team who missed out on their senior season. This league, is providing them one last chance to have that season.
“It makes me feel good,” Gossett said. “It sucks losing our senior season, but it feels good to just be out here and be with your brothers.”
After a scoreless first inning on Monday, Kodak actually took a 1-0 lead in the to top of the second. That lead would not last long.
Morristown recorded 10 hits in the bottom of the second and brought 18 batters to the plate. Spencer Justice singled in a run to get the scoring started and JJ Johnson tripled home two runs. Johnson knocked in three runs in the game.
Naylen Turner, Gossett, Bryson Kelley, Pete Roche and Carson Berry each knocked in runs during the inning. Berry also picked up his first hit of the season during the inning.
“I feel like we are really coming together at the plate and everybody is in a groove right at the right time,” Morristown coach Tim Johnson said.
With the big lead, Tim Johnson was able to allow multiple players to get their first appearances of the season on the mound. Marshall Smith started the game, picking up the win while throwing two innings and striking out two.
JJ Johnson replaced Smith for his first appearance of the year, pitching a scoreless inning. Berry and Tanner Beaver closed the game out with two scoreless innings of their own.
“It was really good to get JJ, Tanner and Carson out there and give them an inning to pitch and have some fun out there,” Tim Johnson said.
Morristown moves to 7-3-1 on the year and stays in fourth place. The Sandlot have one game left to be made up, against second place Seymour.