By Ray Hamill — The Northern Humboldt Giants began tryouts for their two American Legion baseball teams on Tuesday, and, according to coach Troy Ghisetti, the players are looking pretty good.
“I thought that for the most part they came in in shape,” Ghisetti said. “The swings didn’t look too bad.”
The Giants are the second of the three local American Legion programs to return to action, following in the footsteps of the Humboldt Eagles, who are now in their third week of practice.
The county’s other Legion program, the Southern Humboldt 76ers, announced on Wednesday they will not be playing this summer due to the concerns over COVID-19.
The Giants, like the Eagles, practiced with several restrictions in place, including maintaining social distancing.
There were 26 players on hand and Ghisetti expects to keep all of them on the club’s two teams, as well as potentially adding a couple more.
“There were good numbers for us,” he said. “And the kids had a good time.”
With the restrictions in place Ghisetti admits it’s a challenge, but one they’re glad to take on to get back on the field of play.
“For me personally, it’s tough not being hands on with the kids, not being able to get in there and talk to them,” he said “It’s going to be a huge challenge throughout the summer.”
The teams have not yet been cleared to play games, but are expected to be able to do soon.