GRAND JUNCTION, CO (WJHG/WECP) The Chipola baseball team is in Colorado preparing for the start of their National Tournament, the Indians looking for a threepeat out there.
A big part of the story as they and the other nine teams try to acclimate themselves to the altitude of over 45-hundred feet, bad weather!
Chipola takes its team picture at Juco World Series in Grand Junction, CO
Two straight days of rain pushing the workouts indoors Wednesday and Thursday. And it's cold too, in the 40's and 50's.
Coach Jeff Johnson says it's making it tough to help the guys get used to the thin air and how it affects several facets of the game. All things considered thought, that's just another obstacle to be overcome for a team that at one point this season, was 9-10!
"You know we were very divided early in the year, didn't have a lot of internal leadership. You know we play a tough schedule, we try to get ourselves exposed and figure out what are weakness are, and pitch a lot of people. And try to shoot to be good at the end of the year. But you know I think the biggest key for us, we've kind of come together as a team. The internal leadership is much better. The guys get along better, they play together, they work with one another a lot more than we did earlier in the year. And that's the reason we're here, to be honest with you."
Coach Johnson says he may go with three pitchers a game early on until the guys get used to the conditions out there.
This Chipola's 6th trip to Nationals, with three titles won, including the last two in 2017 and 2018.