Officials from the Hamptons Collegiate Baseball League (HCBL) this week said they are “closely monitoring and evaluating any developments that would impact the safety of our players, coaches, volunteers and fans” as the coming season is expected to begin in June.
“At this point, it is still too early to predict the impact on our upcoming season,” the league’s president, Sandi Kruel, said in a release. “The next few weeks will be crucial to see how our country is faring in its fight against the COVID-19 virus.”
With seven teams in Sag Harbor, Southampton, Westhampton, Riverhead, Shelter Island and the North Fork, along with the newly formed South Shore Clippers, the league was preparing for its 13th season to begin on June 2. Rosters were stacked with talent from across the country, including top Division I talent, all of whom had their spring seasons cancelled because of the outbreak.
“All we can do for now, is to continue to review and adhere to all the executive orders and mandates from the federal, state and local governments,” Kruel said in her statement, adding that the league would further analyze potential impacts on the season ahead on or around April 15.
“We realize the importance of a summer season since the college season was cancelled,” Kruel said. “We hope that we can safely have a season, which is why we are deferring a decision to a later date.”
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