Last year, the Van Alstyne Panthers baseball team played deep into the season. In fact, they played in 35 games, and the state semi finals.
But this year, they only had 12 games under their belt before the Coronavirus brought their season to a standstill, and it leaves their seniors in a waiting game.
“That is the really hard part because we know our potential, and what we can be,” said Van Alstyne short stop Samuel Tormos. “Obviously not knowing if we’re going to play or not, it’s hard.”
“You go down there with a bunch of friends, a bunch of teammates, work out and try to get better, and at the end of the day, you still don’t know,” said Van Alstyne third baseman Zach Smith. “So you do all you can, and hope your season doesn’t get canceled.”
“In the 100 years I’ve been coaching, I’ve never been involved in anything like this,” said Van Alstyne head coach Jimmy Haynes. “This is a first. This is something you have to learn what to do as it goes on. It’s an unprecedented situation.”
The Panthers were already facing a challenge to start their season, five of their players also play basketball, and had to miss the first 7 games because of their deep playoff run.
It seems like as soon as they started to find their rhythm, The Coronavirus threw them a curveball.
“The basketball kids have only played in five basketball games. It’s hard to get that continuity,” said Haynes. “They were just starting to get their feel back, seeing live pitching, they got to play in a few tournaments, then all the sudden it stops.”
For these seniors, the goal is to go out on top, so they are staying hopeful that they will hit the field again in a Van Alstyne Uniform.
“We definitely are hopeful the season comes back, because we’ve been working so hard all year to win a state championship,” said Tormos. “So when this season comes to an end, or if it comes to an end, it would be really disappointing.”
For the moment, Spring sports are just postponed, not canceled. The U.I.L. has not made it’s final decision.