There is no such thing as three strikes and you’re out in the game of life. One strike cost six players and their team a chance at the Class B Senior State Title.
Waverly legion baseball coach Michael Goodrich gave his players an 11:30 curfew Tuesday night. At 11:30 all 14 of his players were accounted for, but two hours later he got a knock at his door from the Scotts Bluff Police Department, the town that was host to the tournament.
He was informed that six of his players had either been arrested or cited for minor in possession and one had been arrested for both minor in possession and destruction of property for smashing a mailbox with a baseball bat.
On Thursday, over the phone, Coach Goodrich told Action 3 News Reporter Emily Szink that he was absolutely stunned, in his 35 years of coaching he had never had to deal with such an incident. He then went on to say, “I've heard two words throughout this whole thing: fault and responsibility. I don't feel like I’m at fault, but I am responsible for my team and I must take responsibility for their actions."
The team was scheduled to play Hickman-Norris in the title game on Wednesday, but with only eight players, Coach Goodrich made the executive decision to pull his team from the tournament, instead of call other members of the team who did not travel.
When Szink asked if he made the right choice he said, quote, "I made the right decision. If I had to do it all over again I'd do the same thing. No one is angry with me for the choice I made. The players who were not involved should be the ones in the news for making the right decision”
After Tuesday’s incident Coach Goodrich has offered his resignation. But as of Thursday, the school administration has yet to accept or deny his resignation.