As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues, it is now threatening the early spring and summer baseball seasons.
Latrobe Little League International recommended that leagues delay or suspend all activities until at least May 11.
There’s also an update from Latrobe Legion regarding the American Legion District 31 season, in addition to the Latrobe-Derry Area Teener League.
The local District 26 Latrobe Little League board has suspended all league activities within the district until further notice.
“Latrobe Little League will fully comply with these recommendations and restrictions,” said John Russo, president of Latrobe Little League.
“Once permitted, we fully intend on providing a season for each division within our league. The length of those seasons will depend on the timeline that we are left once those recommendations and restrictions are lifted.”
Russo said that it’s not too late to register for the 2020 Latrobe Little League season.
“This delay has given us the opportunity to keep our registration open for all divisions,” Russo said.
Registrations can be completed through Latrobe Little League’s online system at www.latrobelittleleague.org and will be accepted on a rolling basis until the season can get underway. Additional questions can be directed to Russo at 724-516-9875 or Brandon Simpson at 724-554-2142.
“We hope this passes sooner rather than later and we can get to playing baseball in a safe and healthy manner,” Russo said.
Additionally, Latrobe-Derry Area Teener League activities are currently postponed until May 2. Opening day is scheduled for Sunday, May 10. Also, the organization’s gun bash was moved to Saturday, June 27 at the same location and time.
“We’re very disappointed and apologize for the bad news,” an announcement said on the organization’s Facebook page. “But it’s in the best interest of the kids and parents at this point in time. Thank you and we hope to see everyone soon!”
Also, Jason Bush, Latrobe Legion’s manager, posted an updated on the Jethawks’ season.
“Through this unprecedented period, we send well wishes to you and your family for good physical and mental health,” Bush said. “As the weather begins to break, we miss baseball, but recognize the importance of social distancing to ensure we defeat COVID-19.”
Bush said the state remains committed to playing a 2020 season and he will provide an update with news as it comes in.
“We recognize that our season is just two months away, so we’re working through multiple contingency plans, but we believe we’ll have baseball this summer,” Bush said.
“As soon as it’s safe to meet as a group, we will do so.”
Bush said that for any players wishing to tryout for the 2020 season to contact him directly. This includes returning players.
The team’s 2020 season is available can be found on its website at www.latrobejethawks.com. Opening day is currently scheduled for May 19 at Kiski Valley.
The regular-season is scheduled to run through July 4 with the annual Fourth of July showdown against Unity Township at Legion-Keener Field. The District 31 playoffs are currently scheduled for July 7 while the Region 7 Tournament is set for July 18, and the Pennsylvania State Tournament July 25.
“We look forward to sunny summer evenings at Legion-Keener Park, and wish you and yours the very best through this difficult time,” Bush said.