The summer baseball season was back for a little more than two weeks, but it all came screeching to a halt over the holiday weekend at the Docs’ Fourth of July tournament in Roseburg.

The tournament was cut a day short after four teams withdrew from competition due to coronavirus-related issues and concerns. The Docs weren’t one of the teams with a COVID-19 related issue, but the local Legion commission has chosen to pause the season out of an abundance of caution.

Docs head coach Jeremiah Robbins said on Saturday he understands the need for a break.

“We’re going to have a shutdown here,” Robbins said. “Kind of see what’s going to happen with caseloads and what’s kind of going on in the state right now. Our No. 1 priority is the safety of our kids, our community, our fans and everybody involved in this process.”

Bill Gray Legion Stadium at Champion Car Wash Field will be closed for the foreseeable future and the Docs coaching staff will monitor players to keep track of any coronavirus symptoms that might come up. The team won’t practice for at least the next week, but Robbins is committed to resuming play this summer as long as it’s safe to do so.

“100%,” Robbins said.

“I had a meeting with the players. Obviously they need to discuss it with their families, but in the meeting they were 100% on board for whatever we may happen to put together for them. There are some areas that are still going forward with the baseball piece. So we’ll just watch it and be safe about it, but we’re all on board.”

The suspension of play at Bill Gray Legion Stadium has also put the Douglas County high school summer league on hiatus indefinitely. Eight teams are participating and four games scheduled for Monday were canceled.

Meanwhile, a number of players from the Abby’s Newberg baseball team have tested positive for COVID-19, according to a Portland television station Monday.

Abby’s withdrew from the Fourth of July tournament following its Thursday game against the Springfield Timbers Elite. The Grants Pass Nuggets also pulled out of the tournament after two players on the Grants Pass high school summer team (which wasn’t playing in the tourney) tested positive for the virus.

Saturday, the two Springfield Timbers teams withdrew from the tourney due to coronavirus issues.

Grants Pass has canceled the season for three teams, according to the Grants Pass Daily Courier.

The Newberg superintendent confirmed Monday to KOIN news that, so far, eight players or coaches for Newberg tested positive for the virus. Of those cases, only one person was reported to have symptoms.

On Friday, school officials were notified that a student-athlete was taken to the hospital with a high temperature and tested positive for COVID-19. Over the weekend, students and adults were tested. The superintendent reported that as of 3 p.m. Monday the case count was up to eight, according to KOIN.

Joey Keeran is the sports director for KSKR The Score.

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Mike

Is this the beginning of another Douglas County SCANDAL. Portland radio station KGW8 reported hours ago that 2 Roseburg Legion Baseball players tested positive during a baseball tournament in Roseburg last weekend. They went on to report that Newberg (near Portland) pulled its team from the tournament early but still had 8 players test positive for coronavirus. Below is the quote;

“During a weekend tournament in Roseburg, the Newberg team learned that a team from Roseburg had reported two cases of COVID-19 among their players, according to Newberg School District Superintendent Dr. Joe Morelock. The Newberg team had no contact with the Roseburg team but they decided to leave the tournament early anyway, Morelock said.”

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/8-people-connected-to-newberg-youth-baseball-team-test-positive-for-covid-19/ar-BB16rFIO

The NRToday reported this differently in two articles. First, the NRToday reported the source of Newberg’s baseball team’s coronavirus cases was a “Grants Pass Team (below link).” NRToday claims Newberg Schools Superintendent Joe Morelock said “the Newberg team had no contact with the Grants Pass team (not the Roseburg team) that left the tournament early because two people that were associated with that team had tested positive.”

http://www.nrtoday.com/news/health/coronavirus/blueberry-farm-works-to-stop-covid-spread/article_0b6c4fcc-9961-5596-b0f4-ba4bc975c9a6.html#comments

A second article published by NRToday about halting the Docs’ Fourth of July tournament in Roseburg because of coronavirus said, “The Docs weren’t one of the teams with a COVID-19 related issue, but the local Legion commission has chosen to pause the season out of an abundance of caution. Docs head coach Jeremiah Robbins said on Saturday Our No. 1 priority is the safety of our kids, our community, our fans and everybody involved in this process.”

http://www.nrtoday.com/sports/legion_baseball/docs-season-on-hold-amid-covid-19-concerns/article_1f59d248-136f-5ec1-bb87-8380d0b4afa7.html

The Grants Pass Courier reported on July 3 that their Nugget’s Legion Baseball team cancelled the remainder of the season after team players tested positive for coronavirus. The Nuggets Baseball team website now says the 2020 season has been cancelled.

The Douglas County Public Health Network reported 6 new coronavirus cases in Douglas County during the time of the baseball tournament between July 2 and July 5.

The NRToday failed to report that, “a spokesperson with Oregon American Legion Baseball said the organization canceled 2020 tournaments nationwide in early May. Any team that continues to play in the 2020 season is not playing as a team registered with the American Legion National Organization…The official season was canceled for safety and liability reasons related to the coronavirus pandemic.”

Also omitted from both NRToday articles was “a spokesperson with Oregon American Legion Baseball said the organization canceled 2020 tournaments nationwide in early May. Any team that continues to play in the 2020 season is not playing as a team registered with the American Legion National Organization…There is no American Legion team operating in Oregon this year. The whole summer season was canceled,” said Art Cummins with Oregon Legion Baseball.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/8-people-connected-to-newberg-youth-baseball-team-test-positive-for-covid-19/ar-BB16rFIO

So what really happened at last weekend's Legion Baseball tournament and how does any adult justify such a tournament contrary to the advice of medical experts and especially considering the sheer number of coronavirus cases contracted?

Jon Mitchell,

Mike ... in case you missed them, please reference our articles posted below. They explain in detain how the Legion canceled its sponsorship in May and how teams that decide to play baseball do so at their own risk with their own insurance:

http://www.nrtoday.com/sports/legion_baseball/options-still-available-after-legion-baseball-season-canceled/article_dd17be34-af76-51ec-9156-38ac9fe5a6dd.html

http://www.nrtoday.com/sports/legion_baseball/options-still-available-after-legion-baseball-season-canceled/article_dd17be34-af76-51ec-9156-38ac9fe5a6dd.html

Mike

I had read those articles before and thought I understood it the way you explained. However, it threw me for a loop when I read in this article, "the local Legion commission has chosen to pause the season out of an abundance of caution."

If Legion cancelled its sponsorship, I didn't understand how the local Legion commission was even in existence. My bad.

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