Lima area baseball: ACME, American Legion seasons canceled

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ACME baseball has become another sport lost to the pandemic.

In a statement released by the ACME Baseball Congress Board of Directors, it stated “After much consideration and discussion, and in response to the current situation regarding COVID-19, the ACME Baseball Congress Board of Directors has decided to cancel the ACME Baseball season for the summer of 2020.

“This decision was not casually made and follows our earlier efforts at extending the season and making allowances to permit more youth to play. However, with the most recent updates and restrictions from Ohio’s Governor and the Ohio Department of Health, especially those resulting in extended high school facilities/field closures as well as continuing social distancing measures, our organization believes it not practical for us to operate in good faith and purpose for the overall well being of the student athletes we seek to serve.

“That being said, all registration payments/checks previously submitted for Summer 2020 have not been cashed and will be shredded after June 1 unless other arrangements are specifically requested. In the event that baseball in any form be permitted to resume later this summer, we ask that no baseball team or program use the moniker of “ACME” for any individually coach/school/community organized manner of play. Any decisions regarding participation in baseball for this summer will reside with each specific coach/school/community. It is with regret we do this but with high hopes for a return to normalcy for the summer of 2021.”

No Legion games

The Ohio American Legion announced Monday that it has canceled its 2020 baseball season,.

The Legion’s Ohio department was holding out hope on conducting a season and its normal regional and state tournaments despite the national organization’s cancellation of its postseason tournaments in mid-April.

Ohio Legion department commander Roger Friend said in a press release the organization didn’t feel a season could be conducted given the state government’s current stay-at-home orders, which are designed to slow the spread of COVID-19.

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