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Heavier role lies ahead for Shafer

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Justin Shafer spent fall in high school manning the gridiron, leading Lake Wales as the starting quarterback. In spring, he swapped the pigskin for the warmth of a leather glove on the diamond, moving around the infield and to the mound. He thrived, seizing all-state honors in both sports. As a key piece in Florida's baseball program and a year under his belt, he's ready to flash that versatility.

Justin Shafer cracked open his college career last year as a staple in leftfield — a position fairly unfamiliar to the former Highlander. "You've got to remember, he was an infielder coming out of high school," coach Kevin O'Sullivan said. "He hadn't played a whole lot of outfield. He got better as the season went on." Shafer's still expected to uphold his outfield role yet again this season, but...

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