Buckaroo coaches comment on UIL canceling 2020 spring sports
With the announcement that all Texas schools are to remain closed to in-person learning, the University of Interscholastic League has canceled all remaining 2019-2020 spring activities and state championships.
Coming out of the preseason with the #2 ranking in district 3A, the Buckaroos baseball team were well-positioned to compete for a state championship before the pandemic.
Shortly before UIL suspended play, the Bucks were riding high with a 7-2 record.
Showing amazing scoring power, the Buckaroos were able to score more than 10 runs in four of the nine contests. The team just returned from the Godley 4A Tournament, going 2-2. With wins against Benbrook and Godley and losses against Saginaw and Crandall.
After the tournament, the Bucks rallied back and beat the Eastland Mavericks 7-1 on Monday, March 9 and the Lake Worth 15-1 on Thursday, March 12. Shortly after, chaos ensued.
“Just really disappointed for these seniors that have worked so hard to get to this point,” Kevin Bartley, head baseball coach said. “It’s pretty heartbreaking that they didn’t get any closure to a season and everything is being stripped away from them. I am extremely grateful to get to know and have the opportunity to coach these fine young men. They are a fantastic group of young men! They gave this community a great ride last year and they were ready to do it again.”
Although off to a slow start, the Lady Buckaroo softball team were looking to rebound before the pandemic began.
“This has been a very trying time,” Anthony Kelly, head softball coach said. “I have been trying to avoid thinking about this. I am upset for the girls, we had a rocky start to the season and we knew we would with a younger group. I feel for my seniors. They have put a lot of time into the sport only to see it end the way it did.”
This was coach Kelly’s first season as the head softball coach of the Buckaroos, but the coach is looking towards the future.
“It has been tough on me trying to build a program in my first year only to have it cut short,” Kelly said. “The only thing we can do now prepare for the next season. I am looking forward to the future of the Lady Buckaroos softball. We are in for a wild ride as I am missing all my kids.
Practices, rehearsals, and workouts will remain suspended until further notice.