Former Cougar stars achieve their baseball goals

Both players were multi-year starters when playing on winning baseball teams at Jefferson High.

Both players moved from the high school ranks on to Frederick Community College, a two-year junior college in Maryland that has done well in its own state-wide league and then won its way to the World Series through a District championship.

That’s where the similarity between Brett Moreland and Chris Godfrey ends.

Brett Moreland is in his second year at Flagler College.

Brett Moreland is in his second year at Flagler College.

Moreland was at Frederick CC in the 2010 and 2011 seasons. When he graduated, he landed some scholarship money from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Fla. Flagler is an NCAA Division II college that plays in the highly competitive Peach Belt Conference.

In his two years at Frederick, Moreland had been converted from a catcher to an outfielder. He finished his sophomore season in left field.

In his first year as a starting left fielder for the Saints, Moreland batted .385 for a team that finished in the middle of the pack in the Peach Belt standings. There were no postseason playoffs for the Saints.

He stayed in Florida last summer and participated in the Florida Summer Collegiate League for the Leesburg entry. That was the interlude between his junior and senior year. All the players in that league could return to college because they had remaining eligibility.

This season, Fagler’s recent record was 12-14 and it was in the lower reaches of the Peach Belt Conference with a 5-10 league record.

Moreland has both started and been in more games than any other Flagler player this season.

His batting average was .324 with 33 hits in 102 official at-bats. He had the most hits and the second-most RBIs on the team.

With the baseball future of the Saints appearing to be limited to the month of May without any Division II playoffs, Moreland has about 20 more games left to his college career.

Godfrey was mostly an infielder for Jefferson High.

His college days began at Frederick CC where the Cougars make an annual run at the Maryland junior college playoffs, the District tournament and a possible berth in the division’s World Series.

Playing at Frederick in 2011 and 2012 meant Godfrey was a teammate of Moreland’s for one season.

Following the 2012 season, he decided to attend Coppin State, an NCAA Division I school in Baltimore.

Coppin had a deserved reputation as a baseball team you could beat. The 2012 season in Baltimore yielded only one win and over 50 losses for the beleaguered program.

A third-year coach has breathed new life into the program.

Godfrey is a junior. In his first Division I series, the Eagles were out West in Arizona, playing the Wildcats of the University of Arizona.

Predictably, Arizona swept a three-game series from the Eagles, but Godfrey started all those games and even collected two hits.

After 19 games, Coppin is 5-14 overall with a 2-1 record within its Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. The five wins have come against Maryland Eastern Shore, New York Tech and a morale-boosting success against Navy. Bethune-Cookman in Daytona Beach usually wins the MEAC and represents the conference in the NCAA tournament.

Godfrey has started all 19 games. He has a .254 batting average, going 16-for-63 with 10 RBIs and 10 runs scored. Godfrey has hit one of the team’s two home runs and is second in doubles.

Bryan Godfrey is a starting infielder at Coppin State.

Bryan Godfrey is a starting infielder at Coppin State.

Both Moreland and Godfrey have achieved their goals of playing college basball. And both are starters, albeit about 700 miles apart.

Moreland has been two years in the favorable baseball weather of north Florida. Godfrey has come to a program that presented him the chance to start right from the beginning. The weather hasn’t been more than a survivor’s trip through the wind and cold. But he did play three games in Arizona.

Both are former Jefferson High players.

And they extended their baseball days where they wanted, on the diamonds of four-year colleges.

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