LAKELAND, FL (WJHG/WECP) Monday turned into an unexpected off day for the baseball teams of Chipola and Northwest Florida down in Lakeland at the Juco State Tournament.
Both their games getting postponed from Monday to Tuesday because of bad weather Monday in the Lakeland area.
Chipola beating the Raiders Sunday night 6-3, so the Indians the lone undefeated team remaining down there.
Chipola grabbed the lead with a run in the first, the Raiders scored two in the bottom half to go up 2-1, but the Indians would add five more with two in the second and three in the third, and hold on for the three run win.
After three straight late night ballgames, today's rain a bit of a blessing for Jeff Johson and his Indians, or so he told me Monday on the phone Monday.
"Well we've had the night games, and having the night games keeps you out of the heat down here." coach Johnson told me. "The bad thing about the night games, they get backed up. Friday night we got back to the hotel, I think it was ten to twelve. Saturday night it was like 1:25. And last night it was three a.m. before we got in. So we get a day off, I think that's a good thing because now it's gonna turn around with the games start being at eleven a.m. and one o'clock and all that. So you don't have time to rest in the morning after playing those late games. So I think it's a good thing to get a day off and tomorrow we'll play at one o'clock and go from there."
As for getting that third win Sunday night over Northwest Florida, that was the 7th game between the Panhandle rivals, with the Indians now owning the 4-3 edge.
"Yeah you know, I think Doug and I would have both taken being in the winners bracket championship. We went three and three in our conference season and we were fortunate to play well yesterday and get the win. I thought we pitched very well. Andrew Moore came out of the bullpen and did really well. And then Andrew Baker threw really well to finish it up for us."
Northwest Florida plays an elimination game Tuesday morning at 10 eastern. If they win they play the winner of the Chipola-Manatee game which is set for one eastern. If Chipola wins that game with Manatee, the Northwest-Miami Dade winner would have beat the Indians twice.
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