TALLAHASSEE, Fl. (WTXL) — By all means, the 2020 season was looking bright for the Tallahassee Community College baseball team. The Eagles were playing their best baseball at the right time, sporting a 20-9 record. But then came along Covid-19.
The ensuing pandemic ultimately put an end to their season, leaving many players wondering what their next step was as colleges all across the country quickly stopped their recruitment process.
However, the NJCAA allowed some TCC sophomores to return with another year of eligibility, giving them a second chance to finish what they started.
“The rest of the guys were talking to people but then everything shut down. After the virus hit, the season ended, the recruitment stopped and so they were happy to have an option," said Eagles head coach Mike McLeod. "And the option was to come back and play, so we’re fortunate to have them. You know that’s not what it’s all about, we want them to move on. Junior college is the first step on the ladder. It is what it is, they’re happy to play baseball.”
The Eagles open up the 2021 season Thursday at home against Santa Fe College. The first pitch is at 4 p.m.