The crowds of spectators were sparse and coaches wore masks in deference to pandemic safety requirements, but youth baseball finally got under way in Homewood on Saturday with games at the Izaak Walton ball fields.
The season originally was scheduled to launch on April 18 with the usual parade from downtown Homewood to Izaak Walton, ceremonial first pitches, prize giveaways and other opening day ceremonies. The state, however, was in the middle of a shut down ordered by Gov. J.B. Pritzker in an attempt to stem the rising spread of COVID-19.
Youth baseball organizations are struggling to make a go of a 2020 season hampered by the COVID-19 pandemic. Homewood Baseball and Softball (HBBSB) is preparing for a late start to its regular season. Flossmoor Baseball and Softball (FBBSB) has canceled all activities until further notice.
In mid-May, FBBSB announced that its regular season would be canceled, but the organization planned to create limited opportunities for play.
Homewood Baseball and Softball board of directors marks what would have been opening day with a message of encouragement for players and families. Homewood Science Center starts PopUp Science @Home this week. Still no peak for COVID-19 cases in Illinois. Homewood is up to 100 cases, while Flossmoor remains at 45.
More than 8 inches of rain fell in the Chicago area during May. It was a sign of what the month of May would be like for local youth baseball and softball teams. The amount of rain wasn't the only thing that affected the baseball season. It seemed like the rain was constant. The weather pattern put a damper on the youth baseball season.
Youth baseball programs in Homewood and Flossmoor held opening day festivities on Saturday, April 21, with parades and ceremonial first pitches prior to the first games of the season.
Homewood Baseball and Softball (HBS) opened the 2017 season on Saturday, April 22, in the usual fashion, with a big, candy-filled parade and a ceremony to mark the event and honor several local heroes.
After a soggy week, the weather finally improved, just in time for the first ballfield clean-up day sponsored by Homewood Baseball and Softball (HBS) on Saturday morning.