Panama City/Marianna, FL---It is a huge three game series set for this week between old rivals Chipola and Gulf Coast, one that could turn around the recent fortunes of both clubs.
Those two play Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, with the first and third games at Gulf Coast, the middle game at Chipola.
As they enter this series, the Commodores have a 5-4 conference record, good enough for second in league play.
The Indians are 4-5, so a game behind the Commodores. Neither team's coach seems very satisfied with the way his team's playing right now.
"We're a tough team to grade Scott because we've been streaky from the beginning." says Gulf Coast head coach Mike Kandler. "We were streaky in the fall, we were streaky in the non-conference. And then we got off to a fast start in the conference but then we've managed to lose four out of the last five. So it's really hard to put a grade on it. I would say this, when we play well, I think we have the chance to beat any of them. But at the same time when we don't play well we have the chance to lose to any of them."
Chipola head coach Jeff Johnson seems just as puzzled by his team's play after 9 league games.
"Well we're not used to being 4-5 in the league Scott, but we've played like a 4-5 team. Had a chance to win a couple this weekend and we end up, not taking anything away from Pensacola, who played extremely well, but to lead in the 9th inning and lose two games, and win one out of three, that put us in a bad position in the conference. You know we've got to clean up our own act. We're not doing anything well in any of the phases of the game, so that's what we're looking to do. We've got 12 games to go and hopefully we can get this thing going in the right direction."
That game Wednesday at Frazier Field set for 5, the game Friday at Chipola a two o'clock start and Saturday's game back at Gulf Coast set for 1.