By Ray Hamill — While the county’s other two American Legion baseball programs are moving ahead with their plans for a summer season, the Southern Humboldt 76ers announced on Wednesday that they will not play in 2020.
Head coach Andy Olson said the club’s board voted against playing games this summer because of the ongoing health concerns and the unknowns surrounding COVID-19.
“The concern of safety for all players, coaches, umpires and fans is our No. 1 priority,” Olson said. “And the unknown of the COVID-19 virus and continuing rise in cases in the county has led us to make this decision.”
Olson added that many of his players will now play instead for the Humboldt Eagles or Northern Humboldt Giants/Knights, each of which is back practicing.
The Eagles, who will field three teams as usual this summer, are in their third week of practice, while Northern Humboldt will field two teams and began tryouts on Tuesday.
“I know some of the Southern Humboldt kids are playing on the teams up north and I encourage the kids to do that if they want to play,” Olson said. “I wish them the best of luck and hope they’re able to play.”
The news comes in the same week as the Eel River Little League voted unanimously to not participate in a summer season this year.
The ERLL announced the decision on its Facebook page.
“Given the amount of variables, we do not feel our parents want to continue to play a ‘waiting game’ and have elected to skip this year and look forward to 2021,” the statement said.