Vincent Morales, 17, performs baseball for St. Raymond HS within the Bronx — one of many prime applications within the metropolis. When his closing season was canceled due to the pandemic, it crushed the Manhattan School-bound senior.
I’ve performed baseball since I used to be 4. Rising up within the Bronx and rooting for the Yankees, it’s at all times been my favourite sport.
This season was speculated to be an enormous yr for me. My teammates and I’ve been practising on our personal since January and dealing arduous within the weight room — day-after-day, till we had been kicked out as a result of it was closing time.
I needed to be within the pitching rotation, begin at shortstop and assist mentor the underclassmen. Our workforce was younger however gifted. We had the potential to win a metropolis championship.
We had been going to Tampa to play a event in March, nevertheless it was canceled due to the coronavirus. My teammates and I assumed the season would nonetheless occur, however as time went on, it appeared unlikely. On April 30, our coach texted to say the season was formally canceled, and it was an actual heartbreaker.
It was emotionally overwhelming to see it in writing.
Initially, I used to be seeking to play at school, however I received an instructional scholarship to Manhattan School, the place I’ll examine train science and intro to bodily remedy. This is able to have been my final time on a workforce. And never figuring out what might have been may be very robust.
— As advised to Kirsten Fleming
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