McARTHUR — The hits keep coming when it involves things getting taken away because of the coronavirus pandemic.
On Monday, it was announced the 2020 Ohio American Legion baseball season has been canceled. Last month, American Legion canceled all its regional tournaments across the country, as well as the American Legion World Series, which is held in Shelby, N.C. in August.
“Although we were disappointed with the news, we understand the situation we are in,” Post 303 coach Larry Travis said. “But we are still hoping to get some independent games in July if possible. We will do the best we can to get baseball in if the situation allows.”
The Ohio High School Athletic Association had already canceled the high school season.
The state American Legion tournament was scheduled to be played July 29-Aug. 1. Plans had already been made to start the regular season two weeks late if necessary. However, the fact that some of the legion teams played at high school fields, it eliminated some of them from playing.
This season being canceled hurts a little more for Post 303 as Travis had high hopes for the team after returning all but two players from last season.
“We had a lot of talent being only senior team in our area for Vinton and Jackson counties,” Travis said. “I had varsity players from Jackson, Wellston, Oak Hill and Vinton County along with all of our senior team but two players were returning from last year. I believe we could have won the district or been close.”
Although Travis says they’ll look for independent games to ensure those players whose final year of legion ball was this season, it’s unknown if it will happen.
And if baseball is not played this summer, Travis has these final words for those players who had their last season taken away.
“Although it is disappointing, always remember the good times and memories you made playing legion baseball. Thanks to all of you for your hard work and dedication over the years.”