Commodores, Indians Prepare For First Place Showdown Friday

Panama City, FL---It's another important game ahead for the two teams battling for the top spot in the Panhandle Conference baseball standings Friday.

Gulf Coast and Chipola will play in what will be the final regular season game between the two. That comes Friday at 2:00 in Marianna.

The Indians have won three of the previous four games against Gulf Coast this season, including last night's 12-3 win at Frazier.

That allowing them to climb back into a share of first place, both teams now 10-3 in conference play.

Certainly the Commodores needing a short memory after Wednesday's game in which they gave up 19 hits and the 12 runs.

"Yeah that's what baseball is all about." says G.C. head coach Mike Kandler. "It's not football where you play once a week. You know if you get to a high enough level you play every day. So that's what it is You have to forget this one, move past it and play better on Friday. If we play like this we're gonna have another long day."

Jeff Johnson says his team came into this final two game set with Gulf Coast hoping to walk away with the league lead.

"We got it even right now. If we go back and we lose, we're right back where we started. So we need to go back Friday and put a game together. I know they'll bring their best to us as well. You know hopefully Taylor Lewis will be ready to roll and he'll throw like he's capable of throwing. And hopefully we'll continue to improve offensively."

After Friday's game at Chipola, each team will have six league games remaining as they battle down the stretch.