WKTV - “If it weren't for the sport itself you know I don't know if I continue want to pursue my dreams of becoming a baseball player because you need that schooling. And these kids need motivation and right now they are kids that are struggling because this is their motivation,” says Kevin Green, New Hartford Baseball Head Coach.
Nine seniors would have been on this year's roster. They would have been able to show their development in their play. But the loss of the season also prevents the underclassmen’s growth in leadership.
“For me my perspective on that is the underclassmen have lost the opportunity to see that senior leadership from the kids that would've been in the senior class and I think for me that's the most disheartening thing. That the seniors who were coming up that always wanted to be the lead dog and be the leader on the team and then be able to show the younger kids what baseball and how baseball should be played,” said Coach Green.
Coach isn't dwelling on the inevitable. He hopes that this situation helps his players appreciate the game even more.
“We just hope they can go out and if they go to college and choose to compete and play baseball and that's something that they do that they'll never forget this and it will be a motivator for them and something that they’ll appreciate the game or maybe they'll play a little bit harder because they know what it's like to have something that they want to be taken away from them not by their choice but by this pandemic.”