Baseball and softball just keep striking out this year, as two of our four local Little League organizations have made the troubling decision to cancel the summer season.
Susquehanna County Little League announced via Facebook post that the board had received many inquiries about the state of the 2020 league season and with saddened hearts they cancelled it.
"With unknown county restriction timelines, potential game play into late July or August, and inevitable schedule conflicts with family plans/fall sports, we believe it is best to cancel the spring season," said the post.
The directors added that there are many organizations in District 15 that have already canceled, and according to Roosevelt Trail Little League president, Rob Tuttle, RTL will be on that list.
Tunkhannock Little League and Christy Mathewson Little League, in District 17, are taking a wait and see approach.
"Tunkhannock has no official word yet, other than we are in a wait and see (mode)," said league president Jerry Hannon last week.
Little League will not follow the NCAA in adding another year of eligibility, citing safety reasons for the decision.
"Little League International is saddened to see all of its league age 12-year-old boys and girls miss out on what many view as the pinnacle of their Little League experience, as well as all of those who will be aging out of their respective division this year," read a statement from the website. "However, no adjustments will be made to the age restrictions at any level of the program for the 2021 season. Little League International hopes that all its 12-year-olds, and all those who are aging out of their respective divisions, have the best opportunity to enjoy their final season of participation together through local regular season and tournament opportunities, where appropriate. Although this is an unfortunate situation that was out of Little League's control, it would not be appropriate to have those aged-out players participate on the same field as younger players in 2021. We encourage all those children who will age out of the Little League Baseball and Softball divisions to explore additional opportunities in our teenage divisions and look to enjoy the Little League experience at the next level of play."
For more information on how local leagues will try to salvage playing time, please contact your local league representatives.