Former Long County baseball stars Dustin McGowan and Tristan Goodro are making the folks in Long County proud this year in their post-high-school careers on the diamond.
McGowan, who signed with the Philadelphia Phillies on April 4as a relief pitcher, had a 1-0 record and a 2.57 earned-run average in five appearances going into Tuesday.
In his first seven innings this season, he allowed seven hits, seven walks and two earned runs and struck out three batters. His best outing so far this year was on April 11,when he closed out the game against the Washington Nationals and earned the win.
The Phillies were 4-9 record as of Tuesday morning, six games behind the New York Mets in the National League East Division.
McGowan, 33, has a career record of 26-27 with a 4.53 ERA, 1.38 WHIP (walks and hits per inning) and 395 strikeouts. He spent the first seven season of his Major League Baseball career with the Toronto Blue Jays before signing with the Los Angeles Dodgers this year. The Dodgers released him during spring training.
The LCHS graduate was a first-round draft pick of the Blue Jays in 2000.
Goodro continues to have a successful season for Middle Georgia State College.
Last Thursday, he had a hit and an RBI to help the Knights to a 3-1 upset win over Faulkner University (40-11). According to the Knights’ website, as of Tuesday morning, Goodro played in 19 games, with 15 starts, and had a .275 batting average and .406 on-base percentage. In 51 at-bats, the freshman outfielder had 14 hits with four doubles and one triple. The Knights, 16-28 overall with a 7-20 mark in the Southern States Athletic Conference, were scheduled to play Point University on Tuesday at West Point.
Goodro graduated from LCHS in 2014 and was a member of the Blue Tide baseball team for four years.