Jeff Johnson talks about his Chipola team's roller coaster ride in making it to this week's Juco State Tournament.

Marianna, FL--Two area juco baseball teams are getting set to head south for the State Tournament in Lakeland. Both Chipola and Northwest Florida State going down after sharing the Panhandle Conference crown with 16-8 league records. Technically the Indians are the top seed from the conference based on a tiebreaker.
At any rate this the 7th consecutive State Tournament appearance for Jeff Johnson and his Chipola program.

Jeff Johnson
Chipola Head Coach
¶"I'm proud of our guys we had a chance throughout the conference season to kind of back down and end up second or third. We had a lot of come from behind wins this year. I think we had 10 come from behind wins in our 24 conference games. We had a few heartbreakers along the way as well. So it was a lot of perseverance from our guys and just proud of the way they continued to fight."

Chipola opens play in the double elimination tourney Saturday in a ten a.m. game against Lake Sumter. As for the Raiders, 33-19 overall, also 16-8 in conference play, they'll open up at 4 eastern Saturday against Santa Fe. This the Raiders first appearance at State since oh-1, and first under head coach Doug Martin.