Marianna, FL---It's just about time to amp up the energy and excitement level for area Panhandle Conference baseball teams.
Conference play for Gulf Coast and Chipola starts Friday when those two go head to head game on the latter's ball field.
As it happens both teams are 21-5 through their first 26 games, so obviously both playing some pretty good baseball.
The Commodores are riding a 9 game winning streak, the Indians have won 10 of 11, so both relatively hot heading into the league opener. The Indians while hot, might be a bit tired too, and that had coach Jeff Johnson toning things down Wednesday.
"I thought we were a little tired, to be honest with you today, so we had a little shorter practice, a little more at ease with practice today. You know hopefully these sophomores will let these freshman understand the difference in the intensity level when Gulf Coast shows up on Friday. It's gonna be a different level. You know hopefully we played a good enough preseason schedule to get them prepared for it. But we know it's a different deal when you're toeing it up in the conference, in the Panhandle Conference."
The game Friday in Marianna set for 2 o'clock, they play Saturday at Frazier Field at one, then go back to Marianna Monday for a 5 o'clock game. Northwest Florida, currently 17-6, open league play a week from today at Pensacola.