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Three Former Baseball Players to be Inducted into SCF Hall of Fame

(Bradenton, Fla., Dec. 13, 2016) — A Pirate, a Yankee and a Twin will be inducted into State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) Athletics Hall of Fame at 7 p.m. Jan. 19 at the IMG Academy Golf Club, 4350 El Conquistador Pkwy. The Hall of Fame induction is the opening event of SCF’s annual Homecoming Weekend.

The Hall of Fame was designed to recognize and honor former outstanding players, coaches, staff and friends of the athletics program for their contributions and achievements. Three baseball players who started their college careers in Bradenton are in the 10th Hall of Fame class to be inducted. They are:

Harry Saferight played with Manatee Junior College in 1968 and 1969. Coach Robert C. Wynn, an SCF Hall of Fame member, coached Saferight, a catcher who was twice voted an all-state honoree. He helped his team to the 1968 JUCO (Junior College) World Series and was selected a member of the all-tournament team. Saferight transferred to Florida State University and was a member of the 1970 FSU baseball team that qualified for the College World Series. He signed to play professional baseball in 1971 with the Philadelphia Phillies, and made the major league roster with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Josh Renick played for Manatee Community College under Coach Tim Hill Sr.in 1998 and 1999. A second baseman, he set the single season stolen-base record in 1999 with 72 steals, and had a career record of 81 steals. His batting average was .408 as a sophomore and he was first-team all-conference and second-team all-state. His JUCO World Series team finished third in the country. Renick transferred to Middle Tennessee State University, where his team qualified for the NCAA Tournament. The Minnesota Twins drafted him in 2001 and he played professionally for eight seasons.

Nick Goody played for SCF in 2010 and 2011 under Coach Hill Sr. and helped the Manatees make it to the JUCO World Series in 2010 after winning the program’s 13th state championship. The Manatees won the Suncoast Conference title in back-to-back years, and Goody led the way with a 6-2 record and 1.29 ERA in 2011. He was selected the Suncoast Conference Pitcher of the Year and an All-American in 2011. Goody transferred to Louisiana State University. He was drafted in 2012 by the New York Yankees, made his major league debut with the Yankees in 2015 and continues to play professional baseball.

All three inductees are expected to attend the dinner and ceremony. The Homecoming Weekend also will include the SCF Golf Classic and alumni baseball and softball games. For information or to reserve a seat for the Hall of Fame induction, visit http://bit.ly/2hwVXMG.

 

 

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