Multiple summer events, both sporting and otherwise, have been canceled over the past few weeks due to COVID-19.
Today, May 8th, Riverton Little League made the following announcement on their Facebook page.
Dear Little League Families,
It is with deep regret and heavy hearts that the Riverton Little League Board of Directors have decided to cancel the 2020 baseball season. With the rising number of positive Covid cases in Fremont County, the restrictions in place from the Governor and the well being of our children at the forefront of our minds, we feel this is the best option at this point.
Last week Little League International canceled the Little League World Series for the first time in history and Wyoming District 1 has also cancelled both District and State tournaments for this year. With these announcements and the requirements needed to keep our kids safe, we feel it is not feasible to continue with a season.
If you would like a refund for this season, please email the league at [email protected] and give us the address to send your refund. Your registration can also be used for next season.
We as a board are true fans of baseball. There is nothing better than watching a Major player smash a ball to center field with the bases loaded, seeing a Minor player pitch his first strike out, or watching a tballer run the bases with such speed and excitement that they forget to round to second and run right to the outfield fence. Summer nights under the lights, the crack of the bat and the smell of fresh popcorn bring true happiness to all of us. We love baseball. We are deeply saddened at the thought of some of our players aging out and possibly missing out on their last season, but baseball just isn’t baseball if you can’t hi-five your teammate for making a good play. It isn’t baseball if you can’t share some seeds in the dugout while cheering for other players, or shake hands as a sign of good sportsmanship at the end of a hard fought game. It isn’t baseball if the stands aren’t full of cheering spectators.
It is our sincere hope that you all will join us next season for another great year of baseball. Until then, stay safe, keep practicing and remember what the great Joe DiMaggio said, “When baseball is no longer fun, it’s no longer a game.”
See you on the field next year!
Riverton Little Board Members
h/t Riverton Little League for the featured photo