Gulf Coast baseball's ready for home opener

PANAMA CITY, Fla (WJHG/WECP) - The regular juco baseball season's already under way.

Case in point, the Gulf Coast Commodores with three games under their belts, opening their season down in Bradenton.

The Commodores losing two out of three in a series with State College of Florida down there last weekend.

In a couple of days the 'dores get to open at home, and that means fans will likely to have wear the jackets to the ballpark, as it's still the heart of winter here.

It doesn't seem that long ago when the season began in March, then it was late February, early February, and now it's late January.

Part of the reason for that, says coach Kandler, reduced rosters, down to 28 or less for most program.

"But with smaller rosters you spread that schedule out a little longer," Mike Kandler, Gulf Coast men's baseball coach said. "You know the negative is you play when it's cold out. But the positive is, yeah you get to play earlier. You know I've had players say this, I don't think this, but the worst day in a game is sometimes better than the best day of practice. That's their attitude. So why not go play and have some fun with it."

The Commodores play their home opener Thursday at 5 p.m. against St. Johns River.