Columbus State Baseball’s Historic Start to 2020 Season Ended Abruptly
"I WONDER IF THIS WOULD HAVE BEEN A WORLD SERIES TEAM" WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN FOR THE 2020 CSU COUGARS BASEBALL TEAM
The Columbus State Cougars baseball team saw their season cut short after 21 games due to the coronavirus pandemic.
They were 18-3 and in the lead of the Peach Belt Conference when the season was out on hold.
“We had a good thing going. We had good team chemistry. We were playing well,” says Columbus State Baseball Head Coach, Greg Appleton. “We were just about to get in the real meat of our schedule and find out how good we were.”
When the pandemic started and games were being postponed, they thought it was just gonna be a small break away from the game, cooling off their hot streak.
“We thought ‘this is going to last two or three weeks, it’s going to blow over and our whole season is blown’ we had no idea what was going on,” said Appleton.
Unfortunately, the Peach Belt Conference canceled the remainder of the spring sports season on March 13th.
“It was something different that I’ve never dealt with before,” says Appleton. I had a weekend off in March… I haven’t had a weekend off in March in 34 years. Started thinking about what we missed out on. We didn’t get to go to our conference tournament, we didn’t get to go to regionals. I wonder if this would’ve been a World Series team. Those things creep into your mind when you’re playing that well.”
It’s hard not to wonder what could have been for the 2020 Columbus State Cougars baseball season, but the NCAA granting division II spring athletes an additional year of eligibilty gives them a chance to pick up where they left off.
“It was a very good combination of guys. With the NCAA allowing us to have these guys back, it’s something we hope we’re able to pick back up on. It’s going to be a new year and a new team, but we have all those guys back.”
Columbus State has announced that they plan on having in-person classes in the fall.
The Peach Belt Conference has not made an official announcement regarding fall sports.