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Hagerty Baseball is State Runner-Up

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The 2016 Hagerty High School baseball team, runner-up in the Class 8A state championship

Hagerty High School’s baseball team had the best season in school history this past spring, but Coach Jered Goodwin is equally proud of his players for what they accomplished when they weren’t on the field.

“There are so many adjectives and superlatives I could use to describe this group,” Coach Goodwin says. “These were a group of kids who really loved each other and had so much fun with each other. They made this an unbelievable season.”

The Huskies (24-7) came within three outs of winning the school’s first Class 8A state championship, losing to Lutz Steinbrenner, 9-4, in the final game at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers. Less than 24 hours prior to that game, Hagerty won an epic semifinal against Ocala Forest, 19-16 in 12 innings (regulation high-school games are only seven innings long).That game, in which Hagerty trailed 10-1 after four innings, included a four-hour lightning delay.

“That game really took the cake,” says Coach Goodwin. “I don’t know if I’ve ever been involved in a game of this magnitude.”

Leading the way for the Huskies this season was left-handed pitcher Joe Sheridan, who will play for the University of Central Florida this fall. Joe was named the Orlando Sentinel’s All-Area Player of the Year and Bright House Sports Network’s 2016 Seminole County Player of the Year. He was a three-time selection to the Seminole Athletic Conference (SAC) first team, a two-time selection to the All-Area first team, and was selected to play in the Florida Athletic Coaches Association’s All-Star game.

This season, Joe posted a 10-1 record with a 0.81 earned run average and 89 strikeouts in 60-2/3 innings. As a designated hitter, he also led the team with a .500 batting average (49 hits in 98 at bats) and had 28 runs, 24 RBIs, and 20 stolen bases.

Also putting up big numbers for Hagerty was another southpaw, Travis Hosterman. He was 9-2 with a 0.54 ERA and 90 strikeouts in 52 innings, and he was also named to the Sentinel’s All-Area and SAC first team. Travis, another UCF signee, was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 11th round of the Major League Baseball’s amateur draft in June.

Second baseman Austin Thompson, shortstop Bryan Kowalski, and third baseman Scott Olson rounded out Hagerty’s group of super seniors.

“They all cared more about the score than they did about their stats,” Coach Goodwin says of his players. “They banded together, checked their egos at the door, and came together for one common goal. And in this day and age, that doesn’t happen very often.”

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