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Coronavirus Impact on Baseball Season

The coronavirus has obviously become a worldwide disaster. The virus that originated in China has reached the United States and has spread rapidly throughout each and every state. In addition to the health epidemic, the impact on daily life has extended to sports and high school extracurriculars.

SJR is no exception.

Recently, baseball team captain Anthony Panissidi ‘20 spoke about his experience, with his senior season hanging in the balance.

"So far, our Florida trip has been cancelled which is a good team bonding experience," he explained.

Although not surprised given the recent events, the team was disappointed and looks forward to the opportunity to get back to work on the field.

"I've been fortunate that my brother is a freshman at Joe's so we've been able to do some long-tossing," Panissidi added. "We even got a few tires from a local auto body store so we can do some flipping and stay as ready as we can."

Beyond the spring season, Panissidi expressed concern about his future baseball career as he heads to the University of Rhode Island next year. The high school baseball calendar blends into summer ball and Panissidi was conscious of the NCAA regulation allowing seniors to return for another year.

"It puts me in a weird situation as a freshman, with more people on the roster, more people fighting over position, so that's rough," he explained.

More than anything, he is trying to stay positive and hopeful that there will be a season.

"I'm just looking forward to the chance to take the field one last time together."

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