By Garrett Butcher
These last few months have been extremely difficult for all of us. Businesses have closed, schools have shut down, and sports all around the world have been cancelled. The Presentation College baseball and softball programs have been dealt a significant blow as they both were among the sports to lose their season to COVID-19.
The cancellation of the Saint’s baseball season was a long, painful process. The Saints split a midweek double-header against Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa on March 11th, the same day that Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz tested positive for novel coronavirus, leading to the suspension of the NBA season that is still going on today. The following day, the third game of the series was rained out and the team boarded the bus for the ride back to Aberdeen. This is when the string of NAIA conferences suspending their seasons began. One by one, players on the bus called out that another conference had suspended play until there were only two that remained, one of them being the NSAA. By the end of the week, the NSAA suspended play. By the end of the next, the season was cancelled.
The cancellation of the 2020 spring season will be felt most by the seniors that saw their college careers end without the customary celebrations. The season that got away will be something that they have to deal with for the remainder of their lives. In the case of the Saints, the 10 graduating seniors have left a lasting impact on the program. Here’s to hoping they can take solace in that.