As June starts to wind down, the absence of American Legion Baseball this summer leaves us local sports fans with yet another void in our everyday lives.
The coronavirus has affected us in many ways, and not being able to get out and cover Legion baseball makes this time of year a little dull and boring.
Usually, at this point in the season, the local Legion teams have gotten their rosters in place and are preparing for a run in the Area IV playoffs.
The area playoffs are then followed by the North Carolina state tournament, the Southeast Regionals and then for those teams fortunate enough, the American Legion World Series in Shelby.
But as we all know, none of that will take place in 2020.
So we’ll miss seeing head coach Bruce Bolick lead Lincoln County Post 455, and Post 100’s Bobby Reynolds standing in his familiar third base coaches box.
We’ll also miss the displaying of the colors prior to the games at "The Corral" at East Lincoln High School, and those playoff crowds at Fraley Field in Cherryville.
There will be no road games for fans to travel to the traditional ballparks like M.S. Deal Stadium in Granite Falls or Keeter Stadium in Shelby. And no playoff trips to Asheville or Union County.
And down the road, no regional tournament in Asheboro and lastly, no ALWS in Shelby.
COVID-19 has altered many different things for all of us as sports fans. From very minimal live sports action on our televisions, to the local high school and Legion seasons being cancelled, it has taken away something that we truly miss.
We can only hope that the virus is cleared up soon, and has run its course. We sports fans miss that void in our everyday lives. We need it back.