Goldsboro stepped on the gas at the right time against Jones Senior on Tuesday afternoon.
Down 3-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning, the Cougars answered with six runs in the inning and clawed out an 11-4 win in non-conference action.
“It’s a big win for us,” Goldsboro head coach Danny Merritt said. “Earlier in the year, we wouldn’t have done what we did tonight. We hit all the way through the lineup. Everybody in the lineup picked us up and was productive.
“Tonight, we showed what kind of character we got. We’re peaking at the right time, and we’ve got excellent team chemistry right now.
The Trojans pushed across two runs in the top of the fifth to pull within 6-4.
Goldsboro responded with two runs in the bottom of the fifth and five runs in the bottom of the sixth. Matthew Lewis started the outburst with a two-run single in the fifth. In the sixth, Cameron Roux hit an RBI double, and Drake Ennis added an RBI single, while with the bases loaded Lewis drew a walk, which allowed Cole McFatter to score.
Goldsboro starting pitcher Josh Hartsfield cruised through the first three innings. He surrendered just two hits and struck out eight before running into a little bit of trouble in the fourth.
Hartsfield gave up three hits and three runs in the inning, but he settled down and gave up just one run the rest of the game. Hartsfield pitched a complete game, gave up five hits, four runs (three earned) and struck out five Trojans.
Lewis tied the game with an RBI triple in the fourth inning. Hartsfield followed with an RBI triple. Brody Morton then hit an RBI single, and Roux nailed an RBI double. Lewis led the offense with three hits and three RBI. Roux, Morton, Hartsfield and Ennis all finished with an RBI.
“Matthew had huge hits all night in key situations,” Merritt said. “He was making big-time plays. He’s our team catalyst. We talk team all the time, but he’s our spark plug, and he gets us going on the top of the lineup.”
Freshman Savion Edwards finished 3-3 from the plate and scored one run. Goldsboro (10-9, 5-5) next hosts Spring Creek on April 30.
“These kids have battled so hard and overcome so much adversity, I’m so proud of them,” Merritt said.