Bax says spring cancellation a tough hit to take for everyone

By Neal A. Johnson, UD Editor
Posted 4/22/20

Fatima baseball coach Brian Bax said the cancellation of the 2020 baseball season is difficult to take.

“It initially brings quite a bit of sorrow to my heart,” he said. “So far …

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Bax says spring cancellation a tough hit to take for everyone

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Fatima baseball coach Brian Bax said the cancellation of the 2020 baseball season is difficult to take.

“It initially brings quite a bit of sorrow to my heart,” he said. “So far the hardest thing about this cancellation, is not being able to be with all the guys on the team. Especially, with the stay at home order and MSHSAA rules that while we’re not in school we’re not able to instruct the boys, this all makes it even harder.”

However, with all that being said, Bax added he believes that in the end, this 2020 senior class will be able to handle adversity and real life much better than any class in the past 50 years or so.

“Everything with this situation isn’t all doom and gloom,” he said. “There are many positive things that come out of this. One of them being that we do get to spend a little more time with the ones that we love, the ones that love us the most, and it allows us to reflect on what matters most. We’ve also been given extra opportunities to provide love and charity. I’ve always believed that baseball truly is like life played out on a field, and in this 2020 year, baseball has once again taught us a very valuable lesson. It may not have been the season that we were all hoping for, but nonetheless, definitely a baseball season in which many important life lessons have been learned.”

If anything, Bax said these 2020 seniors that go on to play college baseball will be the most battle-tested and persevering college athletes of their generation.

“Those seniors not playing baseball, but attending college, or trade school, or joining the workforce will be some of the most productive employees that we’ve ever seen,” Bax said. “Whatever happens in the end, I know for a fact, that this 2020 class will be able to rise above any challenge their future holds.”

Fatima seniors include Austin Troesser, who signed to play baseball at MU and is a returning All-State player, defensive captain Trey Herzing, who has signed to play at Truman State University, Ethan Backes, Hunter Bax, Dawson Peters, Wyatt Luebbert, Landre Bailey, Brandon Dulle and Jaden Hoskins.

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