Something looks familiar in Florida

There’s nothing stranger when scanning scores than to see two teams from the same region playing each 12 hours from home, but you’ll see it almost every year at this time.

Teams that travel to Florida for spring break baseball and softball trips very often end up crossing paths with other Kentucky teams, some of which they’re pretty familiar with.

This year’s example of that can be found in the Boyle County baseball team’s trip to Cocoa, Fla., for a week’s worth of games at the Cocoa Expo, a baseball/softball complex at the former spring training site of the Houston Astros.

The Rebels traveled some 850 miles, and one of the first games they played was against Rockcastle County, a regional rival located only 45 minutes from home. The very next day, Rockcastle played Pulaski County, a team in its own district.

According to the KHSAA’s Internet scoreboard, 16 Kentucky teams are at the Cocoa Expo this week. And while there’s probably no way to avoid pairing some teams from the same general area against each other — six of the 16 teams are from Boyd, Carter and Greenup counties, for instance — it always seems wrong when it happens.

Coaches don’t care much for those matchups either, but clearly the benefits of such a trip outweigh the downside.

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Perhaps because of the rising cost of transportation, Boyle is the only local school to send a team to Florida this year. The Rebels will be in Cocoa through Friday.

The only other team headed out of state is Mercer’s baseball team, which played last weekend at a tournament in Murfreesboro, Tenn., that it has visited before.

And Danville is hosting a spring break tournament again this year, the Arby’s Spring Break Classic. The three-day event begins Thursday and includes Ballard Memorial, Fort Knox, Nicholas County, Russell and Washington County, although a weather forecast calling for heavy rain Thursday and Friday puts its status very much in doubt.

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