2014 Year in Review by Perfect Game
Sarasota takes home Showdown crown, brings Metcalf to 801
Written by Jheremy Brown on December 24, 2014 | PerfectGame.com
FORT MYERS, Fla. – In what has become an illustrious career, Coach Clyde Metcalf of Sarasota High School was able to accomplish another milestone in his 32nd year on the job. Taking his Sailors into the 2014 PG High School Showdown that featured a handful of national ranked teams and numerous Division I talents, some of whom went on to be drafted last June, Metcalf and his team went about it like any other game and got the job done.
After dropping their first game 1-0 to Allatoona High School out of Georgia, the Sailors went on to win their next three games, the third of which handed Sarasota the crown. Picking up his 799th victory in a quarterfinal win, Metcalf would get his 800th career victory in a dramatic 6-5 win over heavily talented IMG Academy, using three different arms to get the job done.
The job wasn’t done yet though as the championship game featured a matchup with DeSoto Central, a nationally ranked team and loaded with players committed to play in the SEC. With his team controlling their destination, Coach Metcalf was able to hold back ace pitcher Jordan Gubelman for the championship game and the junior did just what he was expected to. Taking the ball, Gubelman threw a gutsy, complete game performance, scattering two runs over the course of seven innings. The Sailors’ bats stayed hot throughout the tournament, especially that of Brandon Chapman who paced the offense, delivering another championship to Sarasota High School and the 801st victory to Coach Clyde Metcalf.
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