Posted: 5:59 pm Saturday, May 18th, 2013

Jupiter baseball team sprayed by crop-dusting plane on return trip from state tournament 

By Jeff Greer

How’s this for a quirky way to end the last bus trip of the baseball season?

Riding along State Road 80 on its charter bus from the state baseball tournament, the Jupiter baseball team was sprayed with chemicals by a crop-dusting plane circling over the farm fields of Belle Glade. None of the passengers on the bus, which included players and coaches, were injured or affected by the sometimes deadly spray, Jupiter Athletic Director Mike DeLeonardo said.

DeLeonardo spoke with Jupiter coach Andy Mook on Saturday evening and said none of the windows on the bus were open, though players for Jupiter said there were a few cracked open in the back of the bus.

Mook didn’t immediately respond to a phone call from the Post.

“It’s kind of a weird ending to their saga to state,” DeLeonardo said, “but it was a whole lot of nothing. Everyone is fine.”

Jupiter played Friday in the Class 8A state semifinals at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers, losing 4-0 to Altamonte Springs-Lake Brantley.

Parker Hamilton, a pitcher for the Warriors, said the bus stopped for about five minutes after driving through the chemical spray. An unidentified official entered the bus and explained the dangers of the chemicals, but the team didn’t require any treatment.

Jupiter head coach Andy Mook sent out a text message to parents and players Saturday evening reminding the players to change and wash the clothes they were wearing.

“We were just watching the plane flying around and thought it was just someone messing around in the plane,” Hamilton said.

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