NBH postpones playoff opener, team remains confident heading into the playoffs

Published: May. 5, 2021 at 9:32 PM CDT
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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) -The North Bay Haven softball team will have to wait an extra 24 hours to make their state playoff debut this week. Coach Butch Bernard and his Buccaneers were set to host Santa Fe Wednesday night at 7. That game being pushed back a day because of the threat of bad weather in the forecast. Wednesday afternoon, I spoke with the coach about that decision, and how it wasn’t an easy one to make.

“My gut feeling told me that it would not be raining at 7 o’clock tonight.” coach Bernard told me. “So I had to kind of look at it from their perspective. They’ve got a three and a half hour drive. I’ve seen one storm that was supposed to be coming in mid-afternoon. That looks like it’s hitting right about now. So that’s where everything laid. It was kind of a gut feeling of what their team would need and what they were going through.”

The Buc’s a district champ at 14-12 overall, Santa Fe a runner up at 12-9. Coach Bernard not the least bit worried about the 24 delay affecting his team’s confidence.

“Right now we feel pretty confident about tomorrow night’s game.” the coach said. “The girls are upbeat, the girls are ready to play. They were ready to play tonight. You know they’re all texting me right now, you know ‘why can’t we play?’ you know they don’t understand the three and a half hour drive, and this, that and the other. But you know heck, I’m proud of where we are and what we’ve achieved this year. And I really don’t think it’s going to stop tomorrow (Thursday) night.”

This will be the third time North Bay Haven’s hosted a state playoff game, but the first time they’ve hosted on the field on campus, the last two times they hosted at Harders Park.

“We had the facility put together last year and ready to go. And as things happened between last year and this year, we were able to make things nicer. Make it a lot more friendly for you know the spectator environment. And you know it’s always nice to have your home fans. And even some of the teams that you’ve played this year in the county, that may not have been as fortunate to make it as far as we have, we still see some of those come out and support us. And you know everybody wants to see some good softball this time of year. So it’s nice to have everybody in the stands and everybody around supporting you.”

Thursday’s game set for 7 o’clock.

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