By Phil Anastasia
Jake Goffredi started to clear the fences as soon as he stopped swinging for the fences.
"Something clicked this weekend," said Goffredi, a junior first baseman for Williamstown. "My coach (Jim Ambrosius) has been telling me I've been putting too much pressure on myself, trying to do too much.
"I finally relaxed."
On Saturday, Goffredi was 3-for-3 with a pair of solo home runs and three runs scored in a 6-3 win over Cherry Hill East in the first round of the Papa Bear Tournament at Delran.
On Sunday, Goffredi was 2-for-3 with a two-run single as Williamstown beat Delran, 6-0, in the championship game.
"He's been trying to do too much," Ambrosius said of Goffredi, the tournament's Most Valuable Player. "He's finally settling in."
Williamstown (8-3), the No. 10 team in The Inquirer Top 10, got strong work from junior pitcher John Carter.
Carter, a right-hander, worked a complete game, allowing just three hits with a pair of stikeouts. He needed just 83 pitches, helping himself with a pick-off at second base that short-circuited Delran's best rally.
"I was hitting my spots," Carter said after his first start of the season. "I was able to get ahead with my fastball and throw strikes with my curveball."
Ambrosius said Goffredi's emergence is a good sign for the Braves, who have been juggling their lineup since No. 3 hitter Mike Pollastrelli, a University of the Sciences recruit, was lost for the season with a broken collarbone in an opening-day loss at Delsea.
"We've been trying to settle that 3-4-5 part of the lineup," Ambrosius said. "Jake looks like he's settling into that No. 5 hole."
Williamtown 000 222 0 -- 6 6 1
Delran 000 000 0 -- 0 3 3
WP: John Carter. LP: Dave Geary.
2B: W-Zach Dardaris.
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