COVID-19 does not hinder baseball’s 2021 season

Number 21 Zach Johnson, junior, throws on the sidelines during a game against Oakville on April 8. The Statesmen lost 8-12. Spectators were only allowed to view through the fence surrounding the field. Photo by Jaden Fields

Baseball tryouts for the high school were on March 1.

Freshman baseball player Jackson Torbit said, “The weather was perfect all week for tryouts; I couldn’t have asked for better weather for my first year on the team.”

“The weather the past week was in the mid 60s and sunny. The sort of weather you always want for baseball,” freshman Steven Maschak said.

Students including Maschak have stated that they didn’t believe they would have the chance to even practice let alone have a whole season.

Maschak said, “It feels like a miracle,” about how it feels to have a real season.

The Varsity baseball team had its first scheduled jamboree versus Rockwood Summit on March 13, and its first scheduled tournament at Vianney on March 19. The team lost the game against Vianney 13-0. Varsity currently has a 3-9 record.

The Junior Varsity has its first scheduled tournament against Eureka on March 27. The team lost 8-3. JV currently has a 1-6 record.

Also, the freshman’s (C team) had its first scheduled game against John Burroughs, at John Burroughs field on March 30. The team won the game 24-3 after a fifth inning mercy rule. The C team currently has a 3-3-1 record.

All levels of the baseball team in the 2020 season were unable to play because of COVID shutting down just before the beginning of the year. This was very upsetting for all the players looking forward to the season. Graduated senior Dylan McDowell was looking forward to playing baseball as a senior for Varsity but was unable too.

“When I first found out that we wouldn’t have a season, I wasn’t shocked, but I was definitely disappointed,” McDowell said.

“Baseball means everything to me. It just was very sad how my high school career ended before I even knew it,” McDowell said

McDowell said this year’s senior class has a lot of talent and is excited to see how they will play and adapt to the new season.

Calum Shank – Video Editor

This will be Calum Shank’s first year on ECHO staff, but he made several contributions while taking journalism class his freshman year.

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