Crestwood High School baseball coach Mike Kremer met with his team on Monday morning to discuss the shooting death of Joshua Goodman, a teammate to each of the Knights and a player Kremer had coached for five years, on Sunday.
"They took it …
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"They took it tough," Kremer said of the death of the 17-year-old junior. "He was a popular teammate to each of them."
And out of respect to the memory of Goodman, Crestwood is going to finish out its season this week.
"The players decided they wanted to play out the rest of the season for him," Kremer said. "They know that's what he would have wanted them to do."
The Knights have three games remaining, beginning with their final home game today, against Lugoff-Elgin today at 6:30 p.m. Kremer said there will be a short ceremony to remember Goodman.
"We will have a moment of silence and say a few things," Kremer said. "We will have his jersey with us in the dugout."
The Knights close out the regular season with two road games, on Thursday against Timberland and on Friday at L-E.
Goodman started for Crestwood, which is 2-18 on the season. He primarily played center field, but also saw time at first base and catcher.
"I've known him since he was in the seventh grade" Kremer said. "He made the varsity that year; he had that much potential.
"He had a heart of gold, was very respectful. He worked hard, but had fun. He played the game the right way."
Goodman also started at defensive end for the Crestwood football team. CHS football head coach Roosevelt Nelson also met with his team on Monday morning.
"It's something that's not in the coaching manual," Nelson said. "It was a tough meeting, but I've got some strong kids."
Nelson said Goodman was a well-rounded young man.
"My heart goes out to his parents because he was a special young man," said Nelson, who stated that Goodman was an A-B student. "It's rare that you find someone who is a dual-sport athlete, who can play the piano and who can draw very well."
Nelson said that Goodman had just started getting interest from colleges about football. He said that Football Bowl Subdivision school Coastal Carolina and Football Championship Subdivision schools Wofford and Furman inquired about Goodman within the last month.
"I, like everyone else, was in shock and disbelief when I heard about it," Nelson said. "He had a bright future in front of him."
"Shock, disbelief; it's just really upsetting," Kremer said. "He had a really good future in front of him. It's been really hard."
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