The Hartley Sentinel-The Everly/Royal News - Serving O'Brien & Clay Counties

By Mike Petersen
Sports Editor & Staff Writer 

It's going to be a short, strange summer

Changes in store for condensed softball, baseball seasons


June 4, 2020


Following a delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic, baseball and softball games will begin in Iowa on Monday, June 15.

June 1 was a big day for high school athletes at Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn and schools across Iowa, as it was the first time they could participate in organized activities since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gov. Kim Reynolds announced on May 20 that Iowa's high school baseball and softball seasons could be held. The Iowa High School Athletic Association and Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union boards then announced that practices could begin on June 1 and games will start on June 15.

That was welcome news to high school athletic director Mark Petersen, but he was not expecting the anno...

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