Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX

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January 16, 2014

Grandview's Goldwater signs with Temple College to continue baseball journey

GRANDVIEW — Grandview senior Chase Goldwater has experienced a successful athletic career as a Zebra, both on the football gridiron and the baseball diamond. On Wednesday, he saw one of his lifelong dreams come true when he signed with Temple College to continue his baseball career at the next level.

Goldwater has been a standout player for the Zebras in baseball and football. He received all-district, all-county and all-state honors in both sports as a junior in 2013, but said baseball has always been his first love.

“My heart’s always been with baseball,” Goldwater said. “I can see myself not playing football and playing baseball, but I can’t see myself not playing baseball. I have to have baseball.”

Goldwater had a .429 batting average with 39 RBIs, eight home runs and an .802 slugging percentage, all of which led the Zebras in 2013. On the mound, Goldwater went 8-4 with a team-high 91 strikeouts and 40 walks to go along with a 2.62 ERA. Goldwater was voted the co-MVP of District 10-2A and received THSBCA third-team all-state honors. He was also the co-offensive player of the year in All-Johnson County voting.

“I’m happy for him because he’s such a good player and he’s worked hard to be able to fulfill the goals that he had set and achieve what he wanted to achieve,” Grandview Coach Ryan Ebner said. “To see a kid with that kind of ability and see how hard he works, he deserves it. I was glad that he was able to get what he wanted as far as going to school and keep playing because he deserves every bit of it because of his work ethic.”

While Goldwater saw one of his dreams come true on Wednesday, he still has another one he’s hoping comes true in the coming years, and he said signing with Temple College can help him achieve that next dream of playing in the MLB.

“Playing college has always been a goal,” Goldwater said. “It’s nice [to see it come to life]. All the pressure’s off — now I just have to play baseball and have fun with it. Temple has two really good coaches who really know what they’re talking about. I feel like they can get the best out of me and get me on the road I need to be on. I’m looking forward to playing with a bunch of guys that are after the same dream I am — playing in the Major Leagues.”

Goldwater said he had three schools interested in him before Temple College offered him, and he said he has also received some interest from MLB teams for the coming draft.

“It’s probably 50/50 [on if I’ll be drafted],” Goldwater said. “A couple of teams have talked to me about it. But I’ll probably just stay with Temple because it will up my value in the future.”

Goldwater said if a MLB team did decide to draft him, it would be in the later rounds toward the end of the draft.

In 2013, Goldwater spent the majority of his playing time at pitcher and first base for the Zebras, and he said at Temple, he will be looked at for corner outfield, corner infield and pitcher.

“I’d like to get as much playing time as possible, but I know being the new guy coming in, sometimes that doesn’t happen,” Goldwater said. “Sometimes you play early and sometimes you don’t.”

While Goldwater is looking forward to starting a new chapter at Temple College, he and the Zebras have unfinished business and high expectations for the 2014 season.

Grandview is ranked No. 1 in Texas High School Baseball’s preseason poll for Class 2A. The Zebras made it to the Class 2A regional semifinals, where they lost to state runner-up Hughes Springs in a best-of-three series, in 2013.

“We’ve got eight starters coming back and I think if we don’t win a state championship, it’ll be a pretty big blow,” Goldwater said. “We’re going to give it all we got. That’s what it’s all about is giving it all you’ve got.”

Ebner said Goldwater’s leadership and hard work was a big ingredient of the Zebras’ success last year, and he expects the senior to lead Grandview far in 2014, as well.

“He just needs to continue to do the same thing he’s been doing — working hard and continuing to be the leader, which is the biggest thing,” Ebner said. “If he’ll keep leading by example, everyone else follows along with the leader. It’s pretty easy to coach a team when your best player works as hard as anybody else.”

When Goldwater plays his final game for the Zebras, he will leave behind an impressive resume at Grandview, and he said he hopes others will follow in his footsteps.

“I’m just doing it to try and lift up other guys,” he said. “I want to see them succeed just like I have. I want to see everybody else in the future build off of the team success we’ve had recently.”

Goldwater currently isn’t decided on a field of study at Temple College, but said he wants to be a coach if his MLB dreams don’t come to life.

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