Steinbrenner baseball team hopes to make it to state final
BY JEFF BERLINICKE Special Correspondent
Published: May 8, 2013
Updated: May 15, 2013 at 04:23 PM
LUTZ - It's easy for any team to use the tried and boring “we're just taking it one game at a time.” The Steinbrenner baseball team is done with that one. There are still some steps to go, but Steinbrenner has already had its greatest season in school history and they are looking for bigger and better. Steinbrenner is loaded at pitching, but the bats, especially the heart of the order – Cole Gordon and Jesse Haney – have been putting up runs that make any pitching staff and defense look just fine. Haney had a homer and three RBIs in a win over DeSoto in the regional quarter finals, and Gordon has been the man all year in the Steinbrenner lineup. They are strong, confident and ready for even more.
“All we wanted was to get out of districts for the first time before we graduated,” Gordon said. “It's a riot for all of us the way we keep on winning.” Gordon, who pitches and has been playing designated hitter, said that the pitching staff has been key all year, even though the team has been putting up big runs. “Pitchers like we have have been doing it all year,” Gordon said. “When you have pitching like we have, it's easy to be confident. That's how we have felt all year. By now, we all want states. We have had a great year and met all of our goals and now it is time for something more.” Haney said the year wouldn't be complete without a trip to Fort Myers, home of the state Final Four this year. He is a senior and knows that every game at Steinbrenner could be his last. “It hasn't sunk in yet that we have done this much, but we think it can be our time,” Haney said. “We are so close. We just want to get to Fort Myers.”