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High Schools

What: North-South All-Star games
Where: Richmond
When: 2:15 p.m. Saturday; 12:15 p.m. Sunday
Area players: Taylor Goshen, Carroll; Colin Brockhouse, Northrop; Alex McKinstry, North Side; Grey Fox, East Noble
Michelle Davies | The Journal Gazette
Northrop’s Colin Brockhouse, tagging out New Haven’s Garrett Mohler, had never played first base before this season.

Bruins ace surprise star at first base

Northrop’s Brockhouse joins Carroll pitcher at All-Star game

Michelle Davies | The Journal Gazette
At Carroll in 2014, Taylor Goshen was 11-2 with school marks in ERA (0.93) and strikeouts (128).

– Colin Brockhouse was expected to reach all-star status, just not at first base. Taylor Goshen’s spot as a North All-Star, meanwhile, is surprising coming off a low-key junior campaign.

Brockhouse, from Northrop, was regarded as one of the top arms in northeast Indiana as a pitcher and as a quarterback but had Tommy John ligament-replacement surgery last July.

The Ball State recruit didn’t pitch for the Bruins but played first base for the first time in his career and had 36 RBI, 36 hits, 29 runs scored and seven home runs.

“Getting the opportunity to play baseball, even though I couldn’t pitch, made it so much better for me and less stressful for me because not playing for a year makes it so much harder to get back into things,” Brockhouse said. “I was just so blessed with the opportunity to play this year.”

Goshen, a right-handed pitcher headed to Wichita State, was only 2-2 last year for Carroll but emerged as an area ace as senior with an 11-2 record and school records in ERA (0.93) and strikeouts (128).

“Going into the season, the coaches expected me to be No. 1, but I blew all expectations I had out of the water,” Goshen said. “I have done things with my arm that I never expected to do.”

Brockhouse and Goshen will join East Noble’s Grey Fox and North Side’s Alex McKinstry in representing northeast Indiana on the North All-Star squad as they battle the all-stars from the South in Richmond this weekend.

“It’s a nice way to celebrate all the seniors,” Goshen said. “I couldn’t be happier to be on the (all-star) team.”

Brockhouse resumed throwing bullpen sessions at 50 percent three weeks ago and expects to be 100 percent by August and won’t redshirt for the Cardinals.

“I am going to go in there and compete for a starting job,” Brockhouse said of Ball State. “They were one of the few schools that gave me confidence that I could still make it at a D-I college. When they heard about the surgery, they didn’t blow me off. They stayed behind me and had the confidence I would rehab well. Some other schools didn’t contact me anymore once they knew about the arm.”

Brockhouse was a three-year starter at quarterback for Northrop and had a chance to be the all-time leading passer in SAC history before the injury and surgery.

“Missing football was tragic for me,” he said. “I missed playing the game; I love the game.”

Goshen’s ascension to stardom began last summer when he pitched well for his travel team, the Indiana Bulls. It was enough to earn a scholarship from the Shockers and gave him more “confidence and a point of pride.”

“I am definitely glad to contribute more this year,” Goshen said about the team, which lost in the Class 4A regional finals. “It’s confidence. I just came into my own as a pitcher. I started believing in myself and my stuff.

“I had a chip on my shoulder, and I wanted to prove to everybody that I was who I thought I was, I am a good pitcher and I deserve to be on the mound.”