Gehlen Catholic baseball season suspended two weeks; remainder in question

Friday, June 19, 2020

LE MARS — The Gehlen Catholic baseball team has suspended their season for two weeks with the remainder of the season in question after that following a positive case of COVID-19 from a team member.

“We found out today that we need to basically stop anything for 14 days,” Gehlen Catholic baseball coach and athletic director Kirk Kronaizl said on Friday. “That’s no practices or no games.”

The Jays were scheduled to play Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn on Friday night in a makeup from a weather postponement from Thursday. However, the team got news of the positive case and must now shut down their season for two weeks.

Kronaizl said returning for the rest of the season may be in doubt as he wouldn’t want his players to jump right back into action following a two-week layoff.

“Hopefully at the end of that time there will be a possibility of about a week and a half of games, but honestly we don’t know yet if we will try to play those because of not doing anything for a few weeks and then trying to come back and play," Kronaizl said. "We’re just going to have to play that by ear and see what happens with everything.”

There would only be about one week left in the regular season when the Jays would be first able to return. The start of postseason play with the district tournament begins with the preliminary round on July 9.

Gehlen was off to a 1-2 start to the season with a win over Cherokee and losses to Sioux Central and West Sioux, their first conference game.

“We thought we were making some positive moves and everything like that,” Kronaizl said. “It was really disappointing just because we were finally getting into things and then we were told we had to shut down. We were just happy that we could get out there and actually play because for so long we didn’t think we were going to do that. We were just taking it day by day and felt lucky to play and then all of a sudden it gets zapped out. There’s no easy way of saying it except it just stinks.”

As of right now, the Gehlen softball team is scheduled to continue their season.

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