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By Mike Capshaw
Special to the Citizen
Baseball players are notoriously superstitious and Chiefland High is no exception.
After securing a spot in the state playoffs, several players got what they called “The Bryce Harper hairdo” on the day of the district championship game — a battle between the CHS Indians and Baldwin Indians.
It’s a type of “faux hawk” with the sides cut closely and the top spiked up.
“I got mine about two weeks ago when I started slumping,” said senior Cole Parks. “I needed something to get me out of it, so I tried (the haircut).
“We wanted to do something kind of crazy if we made the playoffs and so we all did it.”
Players won’t be the only ones sporting the new do around town. Assistant coach Chad Brock promised players he would get one as well if they won the district tourney, which they did with a 12-2, mercy-rule victory against Baldwin in Lake Butler. Brock already was trying to get fellow assistant Josh Wasson to join him in the barber’s chair.
“Yep, coach Josh Wasson will be getting one, too. Make sure that goes in the paper,” Brock joked.
Chiefland’s superstitions didn’t stop with the game-day haircuts. During the game, senior Blayne Brookins taped three Gatorade cups to a wood bat to create a makeshift “sniper rifle.”
“After one (of Baldwin’s players) tripped over first coach (Kyle) Parnell joked about it by asking if they were shooting at them or throwing grenades out there or something like that, so Blayne ended up making (the sniper rifle),” Brock said.
In keeping true to superstitious form, fans may see the sniper rifle make another appearance in the dugout when Chiefland hosts Taylor Pierson in the regional semifinals at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.
“Hey, if it works, we may have to keep it around,” Parnell said.