Josh Godfrey, a 2006 graduate of Glen Este High School, was recently selected in the 2008 professional baseball draft.
The Arizona Diamondbacks chose Godfrey in the 39th round of the recently held draft.
The 5-foot, 11-inch, 220 pound left hand pitcher is currently playing baseball with the Duluth (Minn.) Huskies in a summer college league.
In addition to Duluth, the other members of the North Division of the Northwoods League of Summer Collegiate Baseball are Alexandria Beetles, Brainerd Blue Thunder, Mankato Moon Dogs, Rochester Honkers, St. Cloud River Bats, and Thunder Bay Border Cats.
The Clermont countian had previously been pitching for the Wabash Valley College Warriors. The school is located in Mt. Carmel, Ill. It is a Division I junior college that is a member of the Great Rivers Athletic Conference.
Godfrey comes from a family of many outstanding athletes. His uncles Ray and Gary and his dad Walt were all all-star athletes at Glen Este. His brother, Tyler, is currently an athlete at Glen Este.
While he was a Trojan, Godfrey was a three-sport star - football, wrestling, and baseball. On the diamond he earned the Purple and White's Cy Young Award.
"Josh did a great job for me for three years," said Godfrey's varsity baseball coach for three years at Glen Este High School, John Hatfield. "He usually threw for us against the tougher teams. He got some real big wins for us."
Hatfield recalled a 16-strikeout game against Harrison's Wildcats and other key victories over Anderson's Redskins and Sycamore's Aviators among Godfrey's many triumphs.
Godfrey said one of his recent coaches, Adam Stahl, is a scout for the Cleveland Indians and it was he who brought Godfrey to the attention of major league teams.
His statistics at Wabash College were impressive. He sported a 7-1 record with a team best 2.10 earned run average. In the 85 innings he pitched, he allowed just 20 earned runs, gave up just 53 hits, walked just 33, and led the Warriors with an impressive total of 95 strikeouts.
At Duluth, Godfrey is currently 2-3 with a 4.20 earned run average. As always, he considers "my curve ball is my out pitch."
The southpaw hurler "was surprised when I got a call from my mom (Toni) at one of our practices. I didn't know until then that I had been drafted."
Godfrey is understandably excited about his future career in baseball.
"I'm excited. It plan to go to (University of Cincinnati) next year. I got a scholarship. "
The criminal justice major said he is waiting for an offer from Arizona, but that if he is not pleased with the offer he will continue his education and play baseball at UC, but "hopefully I will get drafted again."