Coach claims CAAA working against his team

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By Mark Scohier, Staff writer

A bit of a disruption ended with Chiefland officials playing mediator over use of Strickland Park at Monday night’s regular City Commission meeting.

Chiefland  travel baseball league coach Russell Hinote told commissioners his team of 9 and 10-year-old baseball players, which he referred to as “The Tribe,” has been denied access to the fields for games in recent weeks.

“CAAA is making an attempt to keep us from playing in the park,” he said.

The Chiefland Area Athletic Association, known for organizing various sports leagues throughout the year, has locked up its portable pitching mounds and, on one occasion, flooded the field with the sprinkler system, Hinote said. The organization even locked up the one portable mound owned by the city, and then they broke it, he said.

“It was done deliberately in an attempt to keep us from playing.”

Hinote, there with parents and several children dressed in baseball uniforms, said that’s why he filed a complaint with the city.

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