Saturday, March 14, 2020

2020 St. Joseph-Ogden baseball season in question

SJO pitcher Zach Martini
Zach Martini reaches back to unload a pitch in the Spartans' home game against Centennial. SJO narrowly lost the non-conference game against the Big 12 foe on March 27 last year, 2-1. It remains to be seen if Martini and the Spartans will take the field this season due to the growing threat of the Coronavirus and governmental shutdown schools and group events across the country. You will find more photos from this game here: SJO vs Centennial. (Photo: PhotoNews Media/Clark Brooks)



With an impressive line-up of 11 talented seniors, the St. Joseph-Ogden baseball team is stacked to win its eighth consecutive regional title this season and is a very strong challenger for one of four slots in the Class 2A state finals in June.

In the past four seasons under head coach Josh Haley, the Spartans have amassed an impressive 110 wins against 36 losses. SJO finished the 2019 season with a record of 27-9.

Unfortunately the St. Joseph-Ogden team and other baseball teams around the nation, the call to "play ball" may not be heard at least at the high school level this Spring due to the spread of the Coronavirus.

On Friday governor J.B. Pritzker closed all Illinois public and private schools for nearly a two-week period to prevent the spread of the COVID-19, the official name for the flu-like virus. As of today the number of confirmed cases in the state rose from 42 yesterday to 64 out of the mere 708 residents who have been tested so far. Another 200 cases are currently under investigation by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

The earliest SJO will be able to practice or play at this point will be on April 6 and that is no guarantee. The pandemic strain threatening US citizens could extend the current postponement or cancel the season altogether if the IHSA follows suit and annonce the spring sport season over before it even started as the NCAA did last week.

In a statement on Thursday evening after canceling the winter season hours before the tipoff of the first boys semifinal basketball game for Class 1A on Friday, Executive Director Craig Anderson said no decision had been made on taking similar action.

"It is too early to make any decisions regarding IHSA spring state final tournaments," said Anderson. "We respect the NCAA’s decision to cancel its spring championships, but also recognize that the exposure and travel by our high school teams is not as expansive as collegiate teams. At this juncture, we recommend that all IHSA spring sport teams consult their local health departments, and follow their recommendations on if and how to proceed with practices and regular-season contests."

With no organized practice allowed by school districts until then, the likely first contest for SJO will be sometime around April 11. Optimistically, teams across Illinois can resume practice starting sometime between March 30 and April 6.

The Spartans have five litmus games on the schedule. Three of them may not be rescheduled unfortunately. Their doubleheader on March 19 with the opener against Oswego at 1p and then taking the field against Carbondale hours later would have been two solid early season tests for the SJO pitching corp.

The other game on the schedule to look forward was the away contest at Morton High School against Joliet Catholic on March 27. In their last meeting back in March of 2018, the Hilltoppers, who went on to become Class 3A sectional finalists, defeated the Spartans, 11-3.

If the season is allowed to continue, one of three games not to miss would be the Spartans' road game on the newly remodeled turf diamond at Unity on April 20. The other two can't miss 'em are home games. The first on April 4 against last year's Class 2A state champions Tuetopolis. The second, another non-conference matchup, is against Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley on April 28.


2020 St. Joseph-Ogden Baseball Schedule

Date Opponent Home
Away
Time
16 March Heritage High School H 4:30
17 March Armstrong-Potomac High School-@ Potomac A 4:30
19 March Oswego High School @ Edwardsville A 1:00
19 March Carbondale High School @ Edwardsville A 4:45
24 March Tuscola High School H 4:30
25 March Bismarck-Henning-Rossville-Alvin High School H 4:30
26 March Urbana High School A 4:30
27 March Joliet Catholic @ Morton High School A 7:00
30 March Salt Fork High School H 4:30
1 April Champaign Centennial High School A 4:30
2 April Westville High School A 4:30
4 April Teutopolis High School (DH) H 10:00 AM
6 April Mahomet-Seymour High School A 5:00
7 April St. Thomas More High School H 4:30
8 April Heritage High School @ Broadlands A 4:30
11 April Williamsville/Tremont High School @ Millikin (DH) A 12:00
13 April Rantoul High School A 4:30
16 April Bloomington Central Catholic High School H 4:30
17 April PBL High School A 4:30
20 April Unity High School A 4:30
21 April Oakwood High School A 4:30
23 April Pontiac High School H 4:30
25 April Illinois Valley Central High School (DH) H 11:00 AM
27 April Prairie Central High School A 4:30
28 April GCMS High School H 4:30
30 April Charleston High School A 4:30
1 May Maroa-Forsyth High School A 4:30
4 May Olympia High School H 4:30
5 May Fisher High School A 4:30
7 May Monticello High School A 4:30
9 May SJO Invite (DH) H 9:30
11 May Danville High School H 4:30
14 May Mattoon High School H 4:30
16 May Salt Fork High School @ Jamaica (DH) A 11:00 AM
18 May Tri-Valley High School A 4:30
19-22 May IHSA Regionals A TBA
23 May IHSA Regional Championship A TBA


2020 JV Baseball Schedule

Date Opponent Home
Away
Time
20 March Normal West @ Edwardsville High School A 10:00 AM
23 March Mahomet-Seymour High School H 4:30
25 March Danville High School @ Tilton A 4:30
28 March Mahomet-Seymour High School (DH) A 11:00 AM
31 March Champaign Central High School H 4:30
2 April GCMS High School H 4:30
4 April Teutopolis High School (DH) A 10:00 AM
6 April Charleston High School-Baker Field A 4:30
8 April St. Thomas More High School H 4:30
9 April Heritage High School @ Broadlands A 4:30
10 April Maroa-Forsyth High School A 4:30
11 April PBL HS/Villa Grove HS @ PBL (DH-round robin) A 10:00 AM/12:00 PM
13 April Champaign Central High School H 4:30
15 April Champaign Centennial High School H 4:30
16 April Bloomington Central Catholic High School A 4:30
17 April LeRoy High School H 4:30
18 April Olympia High School (DH) H 10:00 AM
20 April Unity High School H 4:30
21 April Oakwood High School H 4:30
22 April Tri-Valley High School A 4:30
23 April Pontiac High School A 4:30
25 April Normal Community HS/IVC High School
NCHS (DH-round robin)
A 10:00 AM/12:00 PM
27 April Prairie Central High School H 4:30
28 April Rantoul High School A 4:30
29 April Oakwood High School H 4:30
30 April Charleston High School H 4:30
4 May Olympia High School A 4:30
6 May TBA H 4:30
7 May Monticello High School H 4:30
8 May Westville High School A 4:30
14 May Mattoon High School A 4:30
15 May Champaign Centennial High School A 4:30
18 May PBL High School H 4:30

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