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Coronavirus stops Skyline’s second baseball season cold

Hannah Brown
Skyline senior Mark Schmidt was a pitcher and infielder for the Thunderbirds last year. He was looking forward to a 2020 senior season, but that didn't happen because of coronavirus cancellations. [

The Skyline Thunderbird’s baseball team was looking forward to the second season in program history in spring 2020, but that opportunity was taken away from them due to COVID-19.

“I'm thankful to have had such a fun, hardworking group of kids to help start the Skyline baseball program,” said Zeke McPherson, head coach.

There were several seniors who didn’t get to finish out their baseball careers.

Steve Fisher played outfield and DH. He was named the Team Offensive MVP from the inaugural season a year ago.

Sam Fisher was an outfielder, who was named Defensive MVP last year.

Mark Schmidt was a pitcher and infielder.

Thomas Sturgeon filled the outfield position for the T-birds.

David Holmes played infield, as well as pitched. Holmes recorded the first win for the program.

Some of the players last year didn’t even have a glove and had never played baseball before, but stuck it out to get the program started, McPherson said. Now, their time as a Skyline baseball player has been limited to one season.

“It's unfortunate that we weren't able to play this year to see the growth from year one to year two,” said McPherson.

Skyline plans to continue building their baseball and softball programs in the coming years, barring more COVID-19 complications.