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SHS, Ackerman take Florida trip to find baseball

March 10, 2011

Starkville baseball coach Danny Carlisle looks forward to some better weather during the upcoming spring break trip to Florida. (Kim Murrell/SDN)

The Starkville Yellowjackets and Ackerman Indians are both headed to Florida during spring break desiring the same thing.
They want to play baseball games.
Teams in this area have had a difficult time hitting the field over the past week because of rain.
Since the season began, the Jackets and Indians have each played three games.
Starkville saw last Friday's home game against Meridian postponed due to rain and was originally rescheduled for Monday, then it was put off again because of testing.
The Jackets were supposed to make the trip to Louisville last Saturday, but was rained out. The game had been rescheduled for Wednesday, but it had to be postponed again due to Tuesday's heavy rain.
Starkville had a game scheduled at West Point Tuesday, but it was also rained out.
The last action for the Jackets (2-1) was a 12-6 loss at New Hope on March 1, which is also the last time Ackerman has played.
Starkville coach Danny Carlisle has heard that there's been good weather in Florida so he's hoping the Sunshine State lives up to its name over the next few days.
"We just need to play," Carlisle said. "In Mississippi, we're in the same boat with everyone else, but I've been talking to (the people in Florida) and they've been playing, practicing and having pretty good weather. All this rain that we've been getting, they haven't been getting."
The Jackets leave for Florida at noon today and look to get in three varsity and two junior varsity games.
Starkville plays West Florida (varsity) at 6 p.m. Saturday, then takes on Gulf Breeze at 4 p.m. (junior varsity) and 6 p.m. (varsity) on Monday, and finishes with Escambia High School at 4 p.m. (junior varsity) and 6 p.m. (varsity) on Tuesday.
Carlisle wants to use the experience to get his hitters more comfortable at the plate.
"The key to winning was being patient at the plate and swinging at good pitches," Carlisle said. "In the New Hope game, we were not real patient at the plate. We were not aggressive, but kind of anxious. We swung at a lot of bad pitches and struck out on ball three and ball four. When we're patient at the plate and have good pitch selection, we're not a bad ballclub."
The Indians play Northview High School at 4:30 p.m. (junior varsity) and 6 p.m. (varsity) on Tuesday, and Tate High School at 4:30 p.m. (junior varsity) and at 7 p.m. (varsity) on Thursday.
The Jackets have made the spring break trip to Florida a priority since 1986 and have only missed about three years during that time.
Ackerman coach Brad Mitchell, who played for Carlisle at Starkville, took his club to Florida two years ago.
Even though the Indians lost one of those days due to rain, Mitchell likes getting away with his team and looks forward to spending time with Carlisle and the Jackets.
"We're looking forward to a good week," Mitchell said. "We're going to get together and have a church service on Sunday morning, play some baseball, go down there and have a good time. Anytime I can get together with coach Carlisle, my old high school coach, it's going to be a good time."

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