By: Matt Rothman
Brianna Godfrey has become one of the most talked-about high school softball players in Florida and has the opportunity to become the first player in Florida to win six State Championships.
After starting softball as a sixth-grader at Coral Springs Charter School, Godfrey has won four State Championships and has never experienced anything other than winning a ring in a full high school season.
Her coach, Mark Montimurro, said she is one of the best players he has ever coached.
“She’s great between the lines but also understands the importance of the weight room and her academics. She is a true six-tool player that continues to get better. I feel blessed to have been able to coach her.”
In her varsity career, the junior sensation has 22 wins along with a 1:10 ERA. She has pitched 127 innings and struck out an incredible total of 171 batters and won the 2019 2A-5A pitcher of the year. Godfrey has been equally impressive at the plate and is a lifetime .433 hitter and has two career home runs.
Godfrey credits a large part of her success to several of her teammates. She looked up to many of them as role models, including Lindsey Garcia, Shannon Doherty, and Sara Berthiaume, as Coral Springs Charter has produced some of South Florida’s top players.
Not only did her teammates help her get accustomed to playing varsity softball, but they also became some of her best friends she talks to daily.
“Bri is not going to disappoint,” said Garcia, who is playing college softball for Auburn University. “She is elite, and I knew that even when she was younger. It has been a pleasure to watch her grow, and I cannot wait to keep watching her grow. She is going to be the next big thing.”
Godfrey’s run to a State Championship as a ninth-grader has been one of the more memorable moments in her career. Not only was she the winning pitcher in the Championship game, but Godfrey was also able to win in her final year playing with the three seniors. She says she didn’t want to disappoint her teammates in their last year of high school.
Another person to have a significant impact on her career has been Coach Montimurro. She credits his knowledge of the game for what has helped her with defense and hitting.
“Coach Mark has had a huge impact on the player I am today,” Godfrey said. “I am forever grateful he saw something in me and put me on the varsity team in the 6th grade.”
Godfrey trains with Austin Wasserman at Wasserman Strength five times a week, where he has helped her with her strength and throwing velocity, and CJ Jones at Hyper Fitness with her pitching coach Steff Call.
Earlier in the season, Godfrey began playing for the U18 Tampa Mustangs. After playing their first undefeated tournament in September, they move forward against some of the country’s top teams.
She hopes to continue playing at the college level and has been allowed to receive offers since Sep.1. In the future, her goal is to pursue a career involving sports medicine.
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- Matt Rothman is a 2018 graduate from Florida Gulf Coast University receiving his bachelor’s degree in journalism. He is now attending the University of Florida as a graduate student.
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