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Goddard Rockets, A Storied Baseball Program In New Mexico

03/01/2020, 1:15pm CST
By Keith Balderaz

The D1 Nation would like to welcome The Goddard (NM) Rockets to our prep coverage network. The Rockets have become one of the premiere high school baseball programs in the Southwestern USA, winning 7 consecutive District titles, along with the 2017 Class 5A New Mexico Championship. From 2014-2018 the Rockets made 5 consecutive appearances in the State Title Game, amassing a staggering 174 wins against only 37 losses in that span.

I had an opportunity to chop it up with Head Baseball Coach Gilbert Alvaredo who's been the skipper since 2017. I asked him what is the key to the program's success.  His reply was firm but concise. "It all starts with discipline.  I treat my best player the same as one of the non starters. There's no start treatment.  And as far as our consistency on the field I've got guys who are 100% committed to chasing perfection when we teach the fundamentals.  We drill our players over and over with the fundamentals and the little things.  That's the foundation of our success."

The Rockets, in collaboration with D1nation, recently hosted a player development camp to kick off the season.   Coach Gil Alvarado looks to get back to the state tournament and highlighted a few players that will surely aid in this journey.   Good luck to the Rockets and thank you to the Goddard Rocket Booster Club! - Coach Balderaz & Coach Ivany

A couple of weeks ago, the D1 Nation's Keith Balderaz (who happens to be an old college team mate of Coach Alvaredo at Eastern New Mexico State University) headed up to Goddard and assisted with a preseason camp for the Goddard players.  It was a great success and several players caught our early attention.

With this talent in the fold there's no reason not to believe that Goddard will be in the thick of things in 2020 in their chase for the hardware. The present fuses with the past to form Goddard's legacy.  Over the last few years they've had a number of players move on to the next level.

Ty Villareal Class of 2019- New Mexico Military Institute
Drew Price Class of 2019- New Mexico State University
Cameron Stevenson Class of 2018- New Mexico Military Institute
Tyler Hardwick Class of 2018- New Mexico Military Institute (Committed to Lubbock Christian University for the 2020-2021 season)
Matt Shanor Class of 2018- Wittneberg University
Cal Villareal Class of 2017- New Mexico State University
Ethan Coombes Class of 2017- Eastern New Mexico University
Derek Farmer Class of 2016- Wayland Baptist University
Andrew Shanor Class of 2016- Wittenberg University
Gaylan Young Class of 2016- Otero Community College/New Mexico Highlands University

Noah Nunez: Committed: New Mexico Military Institute

Noah Nunez #8- CF (Senior)
A three year varsity starter.  Last two years combined, 54 games:
.416 Batting Average
.511 On Base Percentage
44 RBI's
54 Runs scored
26 Extra base hits- 21 strike outs in 2 years.  He has hit more doubles, triples and homeruns than he has struck out in 2 years.
He is committed to New Mexico Military Institute 

2020 Eli Fairbanks: Committed: Luna Community College (NM)

Eli Fairbanks #10-P/1B (Senior) 
A three year varsity starter.  Last two years combined, 55 games:
.397 Batting Average
.515 On Base Percentage
44 RBI's
33 Runs scored
Only struck out 12 times in 2 years, with 16 extra base hits. 
2.16 ERA in 20 appearances, 7-5 record.  75 K's in 55 innings pitched, along with an opponent batting average of .169
Committed to Luna Community College (NM)

2021 Owen Alsup

Owen Alsup #18-3B/P/1B (Junior)
3 Year Varsity Letterman
40 games played in the last 2 years
.337 Batting Average
.424 On Base Percentage
34 Runs Scored
30 RBI's- Led the team in 2019 with 28 RBI's as a sophomore
Owen is a ball player, he can pitch, play every infield position and catch.