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Chipley back to summer ball after extended playoff run

Updated: Jun. 14, 2021 at 10:41 PM CDT
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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) -For some high school baseball teams the break between the actual spring season and the start of summer play can be rather short.

For instance, some area teams like like Holmes, Chipley and Mosley, who had particularly long postseason runs, didn’t get too much time off in between the end of those playoff runs and summer baseball. Take the Chipley. Coach Andy Compton and his guys beating Holmes down in Fort Myers late last month in the 1A State Semi’s, and then falling in the title game the next day to Newberry. So their season ending May 20th, they didn’t get back until the 21st. That was no excuse though to delay the start of what any coach will tell you is the all-important summer season!

“When we got back from Fort Myers, we took about a week and a half, two weeks off.” coach Compton told me via Zoom Monday. “We had to get through graduation and get through the school year. And we had about eight or nine, ten guys that started playing with their travel organizations. So when we got back from Fort Myers that weekend, the next weekend they went right back and played. So a lot of our guys have been playing. But after that two week deal we kind of came back and got it going about a week ago. "

Another aspect to the long run to the 1A title game, says the coach, an apparent uptick in enthusiasm and energy surrounding Chipley baseball. Even for players who should be pretty “baseball fatigued”.

“We’ve got a good group of young kids that played on our J.V. and some that came from the middle school, and you know they’ve been off a while. Since about the second week in April they were done. So that group is eager to get back out. Our older guys, you know they were really eager. I was surprised. You know I thought they might need some more time. But they were really ready to get after it. And you know we’ve had a really good turnout, everybody’s been encouraged and you know ready to get going. "

Coach Compton says Chipley has already hosted one tournament this month, and now is into a good routine of practice and games. He expects his 17U team to play between 15 and 20 games. The 15U team will perhaps play a few more, starting with the Dizzy Dean World Series in Louisiana this week.

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