FOLKSTON, Ga. – At first blush, it appeared to be just another high school softball game between Glynn Academy and Charlton County High School.
But when you looked a little closer, you could see the reminders of the coronavirus pandemic. On the field, everyone had masks.
“Everybody is in the mask,” said sophomore third baseman Kylee Varnes. “You have to stay 6 feet apart. It’s definitely different.”
Players in the dugouts and on the field, as well as the umpires and coaches, were taking precautions.
But none of that could dampen the enthusiasm of the athletes on the field playing the first game of the fall season between two local teams.
“We haven’t had a game here in a while. I’m just ready to play,” said Charlton County junior pitcher Emma Woolard.
“It’s my senior year and I didn’t think we would be able to paly this year,” said Charlton County centerfielder Brooke Spivey. “I’m just excited how things are going and I hope they keep improving.”
It was clear it also meant something to the parents, many of whom were concerned the season would be wiped out like the spring sports were.
“There are some differences, some getting used to. Above all, they get to have a good time and get to do what they love,” said Brooke Spivey’s father, Joe. “They’re working hard. I’m glad that they’re back.”
It was a big deal in the community, too. After all, isn’t that what sports is supposed to be all about?
“Small town. Friday night lights,” Joe Spivey said. “We love our girls. We love our football. We love our baseball. We’re glad to have sports back.”