Chiefland softball coach Wayne Weatherford sat down with the team early in the season and told them the news.
He had renal cell carcinoma - a tumor on his kidney - and he might not be able to see them through the whole season.
“We were pretty devastated. We didn’t expect something like that to happen,” Emily Hallman, catcher for the team, said.
Weatherford got an original surgery date that would fall on the same day as the state championship game and he knew there was a good chance, his girls would be playing.