Goodman '15 named to elite preseason baseball team
Even though he hasn’t even played an official game yet, Roy Goodman’s baseball season is off to a great start at Wilbraham & Monson Academy.
Roy, a member of the Class of 2015, was selected to the Perfect Game Preseason Northeast High School Senior Honorable Mention Team in March.
“I was walking into my kitchen and my dad said I got Northeast Honorable Mention. I said, ‘Did I?’ It was weird,” Roy said.
“I was shocked. There are a lot of good players I’ve played against in the northeast. I didn’t think I’d be an honorable mention so I was pretty happy about that. But I’m ready to get the season started and get back into the playoffs.”
Roy helped the Titans win the Cleary Division and reach the semifinal round of the Western New England Prep Baseball League postseason in 2014. With the help of nine exhibition games in Florida in mid-March, Roy hopes the team will be in position to return to the playoffs for his senior season.
“We played really well in Florida,” explained Roy, a speedy outfielder who will attend and play baseball next season at Framingham State University. “We were down in three of the games and came back to win. We won on a walk-off. All of that will help us in the season.”
This March has been a memorable month for Roy, who was named MVP of the Boys’ Winter Track team at the Varsity Sports Awards Ceremony March 3.
“I was kind of surprised when I got MVP because it’s not my main sport,” Roy said. “I didn’t realize how well I was doing until Coach (Sean) McGrath ’07 and Coach (Tom) Iannacone said I could be a good track runner at the next level.”
Roy sure turned out to be a good track runner this season, working his way into being a top-level sprinter. He won a pair of 55-yard races before finishing fourth in the 55-meter dash at the historic Armory in New York City at an open meet.
Along with the bus rides for away meets, Roy said his fondest memory of the season was earning two wins in the 55 after placing second in the first two meets.
“Most of our meets were at Andover, and there was this one kid who beat me twice at the start of the season,” Roy said. “And then for the third meet I trained specifically to beat him and then I beat him twice. Beating him was a relief. Coach McGrath taught me some little things and that helped me. Without his help I would not have done as well as I did.”