STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) -- Softball is getting back into the swing of things amid the coronavirus pandemic. One high school in Mississippi had one of, if not the first softball games of the 2020 season on Friday.
For softball player Caralyee Montgomery, the off-season gave her time to recharge.
“We work from 9:00 to 11:30 every morning. It’s really hot, but we get it done,” She said.
Now she and her teammates are ready to get back into the action – carefully, she added.
“We’ve practiced, we try to distance ourselves from each other here every day,” She said
Roy Oswalt is the father of two softball players who he came to watch.
When asked about the coronavirus, he said people should be able to choose for themselves what they do concerning masks and social distancing.
“If you’re scared to be out, then you know, you need to stay in. If you don’t want to wear a mask, you shouldn’t have to. If you want to wear a mask, you should.”
“I have no concerns about it,” he said concerning potential exposure to the virus.
Oswalt thinks a lot of information about the disease were blown out of proportion. However, the Health Department reported more than one thousand coronavirus cases total in Oktibbeha County since the pandemic started.
“As far as, you know, how deadly this disease is, they don’t really show the good side, how many people had it and got rid of it, they always show the bad side of it.”
He said he’s comfortable with his girls playing and also going back to school.
“Interaction, being on the field, competition, you can’t get that from home, being on the computer or whatever, you have to have interaction.”
Head Coach Lee Berryhill said the coaches and staff are encouraging the players to socially distance.
Friday night featured junior varsity girls playing at 4:30 followed by varsity girls at 6:00 PM.