13 Mar

quiet time

The last college game in the state for the foreseeable future will be played Saturday at Millsaps College’s Twenty Field. The Majors hosted Berry College in a doubleheader today and will conclude the Southern Athletic Association series Saturday before a league-wide suspension goes into effect. Otherwise, college fields across the state are quiet on what would have been a weekend filled with the joyful sounds of a ballgame. Because of the coronavirus shutdown, there were no SEC openers in Oxford and Starkville, no C-USA games in Hattiesburg or Jackson, where Louisiana Tech was scheduled to play a displaced home game. Fourteen MACJC schools were slated to play conference openers on Saturday. All were postponed. The NAIA has suspended play. Some high school games are being played, but a statewide shutdown seems imminent. The minor league season set to begin in early April at Trustmark Park in Pearl and MGM Park in Biloxi will be delayed, as will the major league season. Spring training has been suspended. Baseball withdrawal symptoms may soon set in. Thank goodness there’s APBA and the Ken Burns films.

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