JAMESTOWN – The Jamestown Tarp Skunks inaugural season has been put on hold after their 2020 season was canceled due to COVID-19 concerns.
The Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League announced the decision Wednesday.
In a statement, League President Robert Julian said the league is putting the health and safety of its fans and teams first.
“We recognize this is a great disappointment to our collegiate players, to our fans, our host communities, and the dedicated staff and owners who have spent so much of their lives making the league a vibrant part of collegiate baseball and the American baseball fabric,” said Julian. “The dynamic of this crisis requires cancellation.”
Prior to the cancellation, the Jamestown Tarp Skunks were preparing to return to league action after ownership of the then Jamestown Jammers relocated to Milwaukee at the conclusion of the 2018 season.
“We sympathize with the college athletes who were looking forward to suiting up for the Tarp Skunks in 2020. Even more, I sympathize with baseball fans in Jamestown – who need to wait at least one more summer before seeing baseball played at Diethrick Park. Rest assured; the Tarp Skunks will return to the field as soon as it is deemed safe to do so by our country’s medical experts. In the meantime, we’ve got a mascot, alternate looks, and so many other pieces of the Tarp Skunks universe waiting to be introduced. There might not be baseball in 2020, but the Tarp Skunks’ presence in Jamestown will be felt,” says General Manager, Frank Fanning. “There are fun moments ahead. Nothing can stop Jamestown from having fun. COVID-19 has changed a few things, but it can never funk with the skunk. Jamestown is too strong.”
The Tarp Skunks says they will continue with certain scheduled releases throughout the remainder of 2020, and hope to attend public appearances whenever it is safe to do so later in the year.
The Tarp Skunks are among 13 teams in the league impacted by the cancelation.
Baseball was not the only sport season that was put on hold due to COVID-19, both the Jamestown Jackals basketball team and Jamestown Rebels hockey team seasons were canceled earlier this year.
Jamestown Community College also cancelled their spring sports season in March, with the baseball team playing just a single game and the softball team not playing any games prior to the virus outbreak.