Little League Returns to Johns Island
Barrier Islands Little League gets a late start as pandemic rules relax.
Johns Island Little Leaguers hit the fields in June to start the 2020 season, all be it a few months late. The decision to play ball comes after the national little league organization gave the go ahead, following the relaxing of pandemic restrictions in late May. Virtual opening day, held a few weeks ago, set the stage for a different kind of baseball.
“The spring season was not a sure thing this year,” says President Todd Rieger. “But baseball is a part of the history of this island and exists with a lot of local support. We’ve already done all the work and thankfully received enough interest to get the game going again.” Still, it’ll be a season unlike years past, as players and spectators will be asked to keep their distances by sitting in designated spots on benches, in bleachers and along the fields. New cameras will support live streaming of games that can be viewed with a subscription service. Hot dogs and French fries will be replaced with packaged food for sale, and hand sanitizer stations placed around the area will be available for use. Game play will largely be the same. Games start June 15 and will run through mid-August.
Find Barrier Islands Little League on Facebook to learn more.
Todd Rieger, President
Lori Crowley, Vice President