Updated: June 24, 2020 10:40 PM
Created: June 24, 2020 10:08 PM
(ABC 6 News) - Outdoor sports fully resumed Wednesday, allowing baseball teams in the area to make the most of the remaining summer season.
Each town has a different plan for what age groups will have a season. In Hayfield, Vikings varsity baseball coach Kasey Krekling is taking over the summer recreation program for the year, and has refused to cancel the season for anyone, tee ball through high school.
"We were just looking for something for kids to look forward to. We didn't want to say 'well, it's canceled' three months in advance and just give them no hope of playing. We're glad that we can offer them some semblance of normal in this not normal 2020 and we're salvaging some baseball," Krekling said.
For the players that just graduated high school, its about getting to play ball with heir friends one more time. For the younger age groups, it's about regaining a normal part of summer and spending time with their friends.
"A good half of Hayfield kids are country kids so you don't really get to see them riding around on bikes or anything during the quarantine. It's nice getting able to see everyone and with baseball being a sport where not everybody is right next to each other, it's nice being able to talk to your friends," Hayfield freshman Corbin Krueger said.
For the Kasson-Mantorville Baseball Association, only ages 10 through 18 will have a season. KMBA President Matt Nelson is excited to see the teams back in action, but is making sure coaches, players and parents are taking every action possible to ensure that health is a priority.
"We've done it a little different this year. All our board members are coaching teams so we don't have the put the onus on the parents to be the COVID police so to speak. We told every kid they have to have their own helmet, spray down the bats if they don't have one, catcher's gear, all that kind of stuff. You've got to use the same ball, play catch with the same person and spray it down with disinfectant and do all that kind of stuff," Nelson said.
The focus this summer will be competing while still maintaining cleanliness.
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