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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Area towns finally pull plug on summer youth baseball

One of the most iconic sounds of summer in Monett is the sharp ping that is made when a baseball bat connects with a ball, but it will not be heard this year.

On Tuesday, the Monett Youth Baseball and Softball League finally relented and announced that its 2020 summer season has been canceled.

Pierce City and Purdy both previously made the difficult choice to cancel their summer youth programs due to COVID-19 (coronavirus).

The MYBSL issued the following statement.

“First off, the MYBSL board would like to thank everyone for their patience while we have tried to make the best decision for the league,” the statement said. “As we have previously stated, the safety of your children and families is our number one priority. After meeting with the city of Monett and closely reviewing the restrictions that are set in place for Lawrence County, we have decided to cancel the 2020 season.

“We would all like to see our kids out playing ball, but with the unknowns that this virus presents, we believe this is the best decision to keep everyone safe and healthy.”

People may visit www.tinyurl.com/y7644f9j to provide instruction on how they would like MYBSL to handle registration fees that have been paid.

“Again, thank you for your patience while the MYBSL board made this important decision,” the statement said.

A note posted to the Purdy Summer Ball Facebook page explained its rationale.

“We want to let you know that summer ball for this year has been canceled,” it said. “Many different people have been contacted, and all information has been gathered, and the best decision for the safety of all is to cancel this season.”

The group is offering full refunds and patrons are asked to email Jennifer Cornelius at jcornelius@purdyk12.com and include their name, children’s name and ages to receive their refunds.

The Pierce City league issued the following statement.

“After much discussion with all the towns in our league and our board, we have decided to cancel the 2020 summer ball season,” the league said. “This was a very difficult decision that was made with the well-being of our community as our first priority. We will be issuing full refunds of registration fees and fan gear orders over the next two to three weeks. Refunds will be mailed to the address on registration forms. We appreciate all of you and can't wait for next year.”

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