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Godby turns up the pressure for 1st state title

By MIKE READLING

© St. Petersburg Times, published May 18, 2001


TAMPA -- The greatest thing about baseball is the complexity of the game. There are so many situations that arise during the course of a game, so many nuances, the possibilities seem endless.

There are, however, two keys which lead to those possibilities. First, you have to pitch and keep the ball around the plate. Second, you have to get runners on base.

In Thursday night's Class 4A championship game at Legends Field, Tallahassee Godby got the runners and the pitching. Daytona Beach Seabreeze didn't. Godby took home its first baseball title in the school's 35 years with a 5-1 victory.

Godby senior Justin Poole (10-2) pitched all seven innings, allowing one run on five hits. He struck out one and walked none, throwing a school-record 66 pitches, 48 for strikes.

"I owe it all to my seniors," Godby coach Robbie Zimmerman said. "They don't understand what they've done. They don't know how hard this actually is. These guys think, "Okay, we did this, we're seniors, we are the best'. I'm not that old but I've been playing baseball a long time and this is my first taste of something like this."

The key for Godby (31-4) was getting runners on base and advancing them anyway they could. There were four Cougar stolen bases, two caught in rundowns, hit-and-runs ... anything to move runners around.

"That's the game of baseball, put pressure on the other team," Zimmerman said. "They gave us a lot of free baserunners and we didn't give them any. That was the difference."

Seabreeze (27-6) managed to get six men on base but stranded five. Steven Will scored Seabreeze's run after leading off the second inning with a triple.

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