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Faith rewarded

Goeman’s faith helps him succeed on the field and in the classroom

Posted: March 18, 2009 1:37 a.m.
Updated: March 18, 2009 4:55 a.m.

The Master's College outfielder Pete Goeman prepares to catch a ball earlier this season. Goeman's commitment on the baseball diamond and in the classroom have made an impression on his peers.

 
Pete Goeman is far from the average college student, and it’s not only his lofty batting average that sets him apart from the pack.

The Master’s College junior left fielder takes the term “leaving it all on the field” to a higher level.

“I try to do the best I can in everything I do,” says Goeman. “God made me with the ambition to try my hardest at anything. I am lucky to have the people I have in my life so I feel like I owe it to them to that carry things out.”

Goeman has used his dedication to post a .343 batting average, while the Mustangs have posted an 11-4 league record to start the season.

“His work ethic and intensity are amazing,” says The Master’s head coach Monte Brooks. “He epitomizes what we try to do. He’s so dilligent in everything he does.”

One of the places Goeman brings his dilligence is into the classroom. As a buisness major, Goeman has several goals for his future off the field.

“I know that if I work on my classes then I will have a lot of choices that I want to have in my life,” Goeman says. “Everything I do is going to be brought to me through the glory of God.”

Away from the baseball field, Goeman’s major passion is swimming, although he doesn’t have time to get in the pool as much as he would like during the baseball season.

“Swimming is kind of an addiction for me,” Goeman said. “I’ve done it for 14 years so it’s just something I do. I wish I could swim more often, but between baseball and school I don’t have a whole lot of time during the season.”

At Grand Rapids High School in Bass Brook, Minn., Goeman won two state championships, swimming the 100 meter and 200 meter breaststroke.

“Swimming benefits me on the baseball field too because it is a good cardiovascular work out,” Goeman says. “I like to lift weights too though and work out in other ways. I’m always working to improve myself in the gym.”

Goeman’s dedication has spread to his teammates also.

“He is so spiritually gifted,” says Mustang catcher, and Goeman’s roommate, Kyle Houton. “It really shows what kind of person he is in just the way he plays and how he is on and off the field.”

Goeman lets his example do most of the leading on a team that he grounds and pushes to a higher level.

“He’s a quiet guy,” says outfielder Kirk Nungester. “Still, he’s always there to pick you up when things aren’t going how you want them to. He does a lot of the little things that make us a team, and he keeps us together because he never takes a day off.”

While Goeman’s personal success is an inspiration for his teammates, he is focused on his team’s goals.

“If I hit .150 for the year, and we had a great season then I would be happy,” Goeman says. “I just want us to succeed. It’s like the other day when I got called out when our guys thought I was safe, and I just said, ‘OK.’ Everyone was like, ‘Why didn’t you get mad?’ I came back with, ‘I know I’m going to heaven so I can’t get too mad about something like that.’ In the end, I know everything will work out for me.”

Everything has been working out for Goeman and the Mustangs this season, but the team is still looking to reach a higher level.

“He’s a great listener,” Brooks says. “Pete is always inquisitive and looking to improve. He has an amazing drive to be well rounded and succeed in everything he does.”

For Goeman, baseball is just a part of building a life where he lays his all on the line, while pushing toward his bright future.

“I know I have a lot of opportunities in life,” Goeman says. “I do everything for the glory of God. I would hate to think I could have done anything more because I want to be able to know that I lived my life with no regrets.”

kdamore@the-signal.com

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