Altha and Blountstown play last game before two week school closure

Tanner Amison singles in a second inning run in Blountstown's 12-2 win.
Tanner Amison singles in a second inning run in Blountstown's 12-2 win.(WJHG)
Published: Mar. 14, 2020 at 10:52 PM CDT
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The last first pitch...for now.

Following a Department of Education directive, schools will close for two weeks as a coronavirus precaution beginning Monday March 16, shutting down high school sports seasons in the meantime.

Although most schools went into the layoff after Friday night games, Altha and Blountsown played the area's final game on Saturday.

Amid uncertainty about the remainder of the season, the Wildcats celebrated senior night before a 12-2 loss.

The night was filled with a wide range of emotions. Players, coaches, and parents were all smiles during senior night ceremonies, but before and after, contemplated uncertainty about what's next.

"Hopefully all it is is postponement," Altha head coach Joseph Taylor said. "It can hurt your arms. It can hurt everybody being rusty at the point they come back. It'll be like starting over brand new which is tough for a bunch of people, especially our situation where we have seventh and eighth graders starting on our varsity."

"My gut hurt for my seniors," Blountstown head coach Emory Horne added. "I was devastated. I knew it was coming the way NCAA and professional, all the way on down to high school. Thankfully, they're just postponing for two weeks and we'll see what happens and not just killing it for the rest of the year right now. I'm hoping for the best."

The Tigers record improves to 7-3. The Wildcats fall to 4-6.

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