North Bay Haven conducts summer ball adjacent to coaching search

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - High school baseball players spend a lot of Saturdays (and Mondays, Tuesdays, and just about every other day that ends in "y") on the diamond over summer, especially in June now that summer ball is in full swing.

It's business as usual for North Bay Haven, at least, on the field. The Buccaneers are searching for a new varsity coach, parting ways with Bryan Normand at the beginning of the month.

In the meantime, JV coach Daniel Barefield is still the JV coach, doing the same thing as always, spearheading summer efforts with his guys and a handful newcomers. The coaching search is a separate concern for Barefield and the older players.

"In summer ball, we don't practice," Barefield said Saturday at Bozeman's JV Classic. "We're just getting the younger guys out here an opportunity to play ball. A lot of the guys that are playing right now didn't get an opportunity during spring. So right now, they're getting their opportunities to hit. They're getting their opportunities to play a position they may not be used to. I've been their coach the last four years. They should be used to me."

Barefield put his name in consideration for the job.

Rutherford also has a new coaching vacancy, with Cody Chizmar stepping down earlier this week.

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