Baseball’s Myrtle Beach Trip and the Coronavirus

Nick Jones


Both Mariemont Baseball teams are scheduled to travel to Myrtle Beach for a tournament over spring break. However, there is a concern that this will not happen due to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

Recently, professional and college-level sporting events have been canceled. For example, the NBA has suspended their season indefinitely, meaning they won’t play games until this situation recovers. Some events, like the NCAA tournament–more commonly known as March Madness–have opted to continue to play without spectators.

The President of the NCAA, Mark Emmert, released a statement on

The NCAA’s statement on COVID-19

Wed., Mar. 11 saying, “I have made the decision to conduct our upcoming championship events…with only essential staff and limited family attendance…This decision is in the best interest of public health, including that of coaches, administrators, fans and, most importantly, our student-athletes.” 

As excited as the teams are to play baseball over spring break, I find it hard to believe that a high school tournament will continue when the biggest college sporting event of the year is not open to spectators.

Head Coach Joe Regruth told the players on Wed., Mar. 11 that the program plans to go to Myrtle Beach unless they’re told otherwise. He noted that it wasn’t his decision and that whatever decision was made, the team would have to deal with it.

***The decision was made Thur., Mar. 12th to cancel the trip.