With the spring sports season being suspended through at least Apr. 30 to comply with South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster’s Executive Order to close schools through the end of the month due to the spread of COVID-19, high school athletes have been stuck at home.
This has been especially tough on seniors, who didn’t get a full final season in high school.
Three Waccamaw High baseball seniors have been toughing it out and holding out hope that they will get to play again this season before going off to play in college.
“We were on the way to Dillon when the talks first started,” infielder/pitcher Cam Burgess said of the season being suspended. “Our parents told us it could be our last game, so we took it as our last game. It was basically our senior night.”
However, Burgess remains hopeful that the team could play again if the virus dies down soon.
“I’m still holding out hope,” he said. “It wouldn’t be a full season, but there’s a chance we could play five to 10 games.”
Burgess will be playing baseball at Limestone College next season and has been doing everything he can to stay in shape during quarantine.
“The gyms are closed so I’ve been doing weights and cardio in the house,” he said. “I have a cage in the backyard so I’ve been hitting with my dad. I’ve been staying in shape with all this quarantine inside the house.”
Utility player Zach Saxton also signed to play at Limestone next season.
“Initially I was kind of upset, but still had a little bit of hope that we might be able to finish out the season,” Saxton said.
Roughly a month later, Saxton is still hopeful the team will be able to play again.
“I hope we can,” he said. “It’s still kind of all up in the air.”
Saxton has been staying busy during the suspension to prepare for college ball.
“I’ve been trying to throw as much as I can,” he said. “I’ve been doing a lot of running since I can’t do anything with weights since the gyms are closed.”
Catcher/pitcher Walker Parler will be playing baseball at the University of South Carolina-Lancaster next season.
“I didn’t believe it at first and I didn’t think that it would be suspended more than the initial two weeks,” Parler said of the virus. “I hope that we will be able to be back on the field and I am hopeful we will be able to go back to school in May.”
Parler has been staying in good baseball shape, whether it be for what’s left of his senior season or the start of his career as a Lancer.
“I have been resting my arm so that it will be in top shape in case we will be able to get back out there,” he said. “I have been doing cardio to stay in shape.”