By Ray Hamill — Humboldt County health officials announced on Wednesday morning that local baseball games will not be allowed to go ahead until further notice.
The county notified the two local American Legion clubs who have been competing in recent weeks — the Humboldt Eagles and the Northern Humboldt Giants — of the decision.
In response, the Humboldt Eagles released an official statement saying they fully intend to respect the decision.
“The Humboldt Eagles respect Dr. (Teresa) Frankovich, and we respect Sheriff (William) Honsal and we fully intend to comply with their request,” Eagles 19U head coach Matt Tomlin told Humboldt Sports. “We will not play again in Humboldt County until given clearance.”
Because of the decision, a 17U tournament that was scheduled to be co-hosted by both the Eagles and Giants this weekend at Cutten and in Arcata has been canceled.
Teams, however, will continue to practice for now, with restrictions and social distancing measures in place.
The Eagles 19U will compete this weekend at a tournament in Roseburg, Oregon, and will continue to look for playing opportunities outside of the county.
According to Tomlin, the estimated timeline he has been given for when games will likely resume is in line with that of Major League Baseball, which is expected to return at the end of July.
When the games do return they will be played without fans in attendance.