Gothenburg Melons return to the field ready for 2020 season
Gothenburg Melons senior head coach Jory Flesch is excited to have the team back on the field following the postponement of the 2020 season.
"It's nice to be back. Obviously, we missed a couple of months of practicing and throwing and getting kids ready for baseball, they missed other sporting events to stay in shape, so it's going to be a little bit of a test the first couple games making sure they're ready," Flesch said.
The players weren't sure if they'd even have a season, and are grateful just to be able to play.
"These guys out here are excited just to get going," said pitcher and first baseman Bronson Long. "We're blessed to have a season, we thought we weren't going to, so just to be out here, we're all excited."
Possibly the most excited to be back on the field are the graduated seniors, who will be playing for the Melons for one last season.
"It's been a relief," said pitcher and infielder Jordan Rossell. "Going into this, I didn't really think it was going to happen, it made me sad."
Rossell will be headed to Nebraska Wesleyan University to play baseball, but wanted one more season playing with his Melons teammates.
"I've played with these guys all my life. Not knowing this whole time if I had already played my last game or not was kind of sad," Rossell said. [Baseball has] been my favorite sport all growing up, it's been a relief getting back out here."
Long noted the players have been in good spirits for the first week of practices.
"It's been really good energy throughout these practices," he said.
Both the players and coaches are ready for games to begin.
"I'm excited to play baseball, I know the kids are," Flesch said. "Everybody finally got out of the house for more than just to go to the store, or go to the gas station type of deal, so I think the kids are excited to be here."
The Melons will open their season on June 19, hosting Minden.